Research exchange projects


Action Plan to control the spread and impact of potentially untreatable Neisseria gonorrhoeae in Peru: research and public health model for the region

The researchers gathered for a group photo
Canadian researcher
  • Jo-Anne R Dillon, University of Saskatchewan
International researchers
  • Marina A. Chiappe Gutierrez, Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia
  • Patricia J. Garcia Funegra, Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia

Gonorrhea is one of the most prevalent sexually transmitted diseases in the world, with more than 100 million new cases reported each year. Antibiotic treatment is the only therapy available to treat the disease but one strain, Neisseria gonorrhea, has developed a resistance to antibiotics making it potentially untreatable. The goal of the project was to establish a network of laboratories in Peru to perform Ng diagnosis and testing of antimicrobial resistance. It also initiated research work on the disease’s resistance mechanisms in order to develop effective prevention and control measures. Peruvian investigators obtained hands-on training on laboratory techniques used in Canada. A course was also delivered to lab workers in Peru who have already begun collecting samples and testing for the disease.

Status: Closed
Start date: November 2012
End date: January 2014
Country: Peru
Funding: $11,403

With support from
Universities Canada