The 2021 Southern African HIV Clinicians’ Society Conference (SAHCS) aims to provide practical advice and scientific updates to healthcare workers and the scientific and public health community.
Cryptococcal Meningitis: The way forward for treatment and access
Date: Wednesday, 20 October 2021
Cryptococcal meningitis is a devastating fungal infection. People with advanced HIV are particularly susceptible to it because they have weakened immune systems. The fungus can invade the lining of the brain and other organs, which quickly leads to death unless treated. More than 180,000 people die from cryptococcal meningitis every year, mostly in Sub-Saharan Africa.
We are making progress in developing treatments. Ensuring they are widely accessible is vital.
SAHCS, the Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi) Southern Africa office, and the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) South Africa co-hosted a workshop: ‘Cryptococcal Meningitis: The way forward for treatment and access’ on Wednesday 20 October from 10h00 to 12h00 at the SAHCS 2021 conference. The workshop focused on 5FC-flucytosine, which is a key treatment for cryptococcal meningitis.