Fungal diseases are neglected worldwide by public health authorities. Globally, over 300 million people of all ages suffer from a serious fungal infection every year. Of these over 1.35 million people are estimated to die, in comparison deaths from malaria and tuberculosis are 0.6 and 1.54 million respectively. Most serious fungal infections are ‘hidden’ because of other health problems such as - AIDS, cancer, transplantation, or asthma. Some are injury related such as fungal eye infections in farmers, How do you feed your children when your blindness stops you from working? Tens of thousands lose their eyesight every year from fungal keratitis. It is rarely diagnosed and treated. Serious fungal infections require specialized testing (view).
Alongside our Country Ambassadors, GAFFI has estimated the world's burden of fungal disease, described in a recent plenary lecture in Montreal by GAFFI's President(View). Antifungal drug availability is a major limitation to improved outcome, link.
GAFFI hosted a global fungal infection forum in Seattle and is calling for 95-95 by 2025, the objective: 95% of patients with serious fungal infections are diagnosed and treated.