The INFOCUS LATAM ISHAM associated Working Group was created in 2019 taking advantage of the extensive network of players in the field of Medical Mycology that have been working under the umbrella of the INFOCUS meeting since 2002.
The main proposals of the INFOCU-LATAM are: (i) to connect graduate students and health care workers interested in contributing to the development of local educational programs and guidelines for improving the early diagnosis and best clinical management of patients with fungal infections in our region; (ii) to promote and facilitate the conduction of collaborative multicenter studies delineated to understand the epidemiology of fungal infections in LATAM, (iii) to encourage advocacy initiatives necessary to convince health policy makers and hospital managers to provide better support to medical assistance to patients suffering from opportunistic and endemic fungal infections in our region.
INFOCUS LATAM is organizing together with ISHAM the first Congress joining scientific activities planned by INFOCUS and ISHAM, that will be held in Salvador, Brazil, from November 14th to 16th.
Since 2016, INFOCUS has organized a forum for discussion of diagnosis and clinical management of fungal infections in pediatric patients. This network was transformed in the first task force of INFOCUS-LATAM that will coordinate initiatives of educational programs and discussion of regional guidelines for aprimorating the clinical management of fungal infections in pediatric patients.