The Asia Fungal Working Group (AFWG) is a working group of ISHAM, committed to improving the understanding, diagnostics and management of invasive fungal infections in Asia, and augmenting fungal surveillance data to support best practices in the region. Current members of the working group include expert mycologists and clinicians from China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan and Thailand. Activities of the AFWG focus on training and education, research, and community and network.
Training and education
The AFWG has been running a series of regional and local training courses on medical mycology – the Medical Mycology Training Network (MMTN) – since its inception in 2009. To date, 15 regional or local MMTN conferences have been completed, which have trained more than 850 delegates in the Asia-Pacific region.
To facilitate the establishment of mycology laboratories and to improve the diagnosis of fungal infections in the region, AFWG offers sponsored laboratory training courses to microbiologists at top laboratories in Asia.
Training placements have been conducted at the National Taiwan University Hospital, Taipei, Taiwan; Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, India; and Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand.
The AFWG also publishes a regular newsletter on medical mycology, which is available for download from the AFWG website www.AFWGonline.com and through ISHAM and AFWG’s network and events.
A key focus of the AFWG is to pursue and foster research on fungal diseases through its group and network in the region. The AFWG has conducted multicenter studies and published original articles in international peer-reviewed journals.
Community and network
www.AFWGonline.com is a comprehensive portal for mycology information tailored to researchers and healthcare professionals in Asia. The website hosts video presentations from experts, case studies, online education modules, clinical guides, and the latest publications and research.
The website has more than 80,000 visits to date.
The AFWG maintains a vibrant online community via it social media channels. Events are promoted and multimedia educational content is distributed through these online platforms:
(50 video presentations archived; >11,000 views)