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GASP-LAC Network

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The network represents an international perspective on questions of existing and emerging gonococcal antimicrobial resistance in order to enable effective public health policies for the treatment of Neisseria gonorrhoeae infections.

Dr Jo-Anne R. Dillon, Director, GASP-LAC Co-ordinating Centre
University of Saskatchewan
120 Veterinary Road, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, S7N5E3, Canada
Tel.: (306) 966 1535 e-mail:

Building on the experience gained through the creation, implementation and management of the GASP-LAC in the 1990s, this program aims to strengthen public health networks investigating emerging antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in N. gonorrhoeae isolates in Latin America and the Caribbean. Gonorrhoea control strategies include correct and rapid diagnosis and effective treatment coupled with epidemiological strategies to block transmission. Because there are no vaccines against N. gonorrhoeae, effective control requires successful antimicrobial treatment of infection. The global distribution and high percentage of resistant N. gonorrhoeae isolates threatens this indispensable public health strategy. It has been suggested that soon there may be no effective antimicrobial agents to treat infected patients. Such a scenario has engendered the consideration of new strategies to combat this infection, some directed to the use of older antimicrobial agents in combination.

The network will provide local high-quality data on AMR both retrospectively and prospectively. It will also provide advices on how to isolate and identify N. gonorrhoeae; how to design and establish AMR surveillance at the local, regional and national level; and how to interpret and report results in a timely fashion.

In some cases, AMR determinants will also be investigated using molecular methods and the molecular epidemiology of strain transmission will be analyzed. The GASP Co-ordinating  Centre works to build a sustainable network of international expertise such that AMR trends in N. gonorrhoeae can be regularly reported from across Latin America and the Caribbean.

Last update: Feb 2012