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Fungal Genomic Surveillance:

Building Fungal Disease Surveillance Capacity in the Southern African Region

This is a multi-year initiative which seeks to improve fungal disease surveillance in the Southern African region by building epidemiology, laboratory and bioinformatics capacity for invasive fungal diseases and outbreaks caused by known, re-emerging and new pathogens.

  • An estimated one-third of all people living with HIV are in Southern Africa
  • Fungal infections occur more frequently & are more serious in people living with HIV
  • Serious fungal infections also occur disproportionately in hospital settings, with antimicrobial resistance a growing concern
  • Epidemiology of fungal disease in the region is poorly described
  • This project aims to build a regional network of laboratories to increase capacity for fungal pathogen diagnosis and surveillance

Target Population
  • Critically-ill neonates, children and adults in hospital settings
  • Severely immunocompromised people with HIV-associated illnesses

Surveillance and Capacity building plans
Suirveillance Approach
Planned activities


Nelesh Govender, Greg Greene, Rudzani Mashau, Miriam Mwamba, Aquino Nhatumbo, Inacio Mandomando, Leocadia Vilanculos, Sabelle Jallow, Sergio Massora

African CDC



National Institute for Health Research – INIS, Angola
Centro de investigação de Saúde de Manhiça
University of Zambia
National Microbiology Reference Laboratory, Harare Central Hospital

Princess Marina Hospital and University of Botswana

Partner Countries
Map of Partners
Project Goal Cycle