CHIF-NET, a surveillance net for invasive fungal disease (IFD) established under the lead of PUMCH, held on March 8 a start-up meeting for more than a hundred hospitals. The net, established in 2009, is the first scientific and active net of fungal resistance monitoring in China. After six years, participating hospitals have growth from 12 to more than a hundred and the net has also become a high-quality national, multi-centered IFD monitoring web with valuable epidemiological data.
CHIF-NET's future tasks include efforts to expand the categories of drugs monitored, select methods against drug allergy that suit Chinese conditions, research into the characteristics of drug-resistant strains and the identification of emerging microbes, as well as further build the system of monitoring information media and quality control, and probe into the construction of regional sub-centers to increase research output. Meanwhile, efforts will also be made to promote information sharing among hospitals to pool resources so as to lay a foundation for the formulation of standards for the diagnosis and treatment of IFD and provide a scientific basis for policy making by governments.