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Gonorrhoea that is resistant to multiple drugs.

Key facts and Overview of Gonorrhoea: A Global Public Health Concern

Title: Global Health Alert: Antimicrobial Resistance in Gonorrhoea on the Rise

In a troubling trend, the World Health Organization (WHO) has reported a rapid increase in antimicrobial resistance in gonorrhoea, posing a serious challenge to treatment options for this sexually transmitted infection (STI). With 82 million new cases of gonorrhoea reported in 2020, the majority of cases were concentrated in the WHO African Region and the Western Pacific Region, affecting individuals aged 15-49 years.

Antimicrobial resistance in Neisseria gonorrhoeae has been escalating over the past 80 years, impacting various medications including ceftriaxone, the current recommended treatment for gonorrhoea. The emergence of extensively drug-resistant strains, known as gonorrhoea superbugs, threatens the efficacy of available treatments and raises concerns about potential treatment failures.

The implications of antimicrobial resistance in gonorrhoea are grave, leading to an increased risk of HIV transmission, infertility, inflammation, ectopic pregnancy, and other severe complications. The financial burden of prolonged infections and long-term health consequences adds to the urgency of addressing this global health issue.

WHO has responded to this escalating crisis by implementing the Global Action Plan to Control the Spread and Impact of Antimicrobial Resistance in Neisseria gonorrhoeae. This plan aims to enhance surveillance, prevention, and treatment strategies to combat multidrug-resistant strains of gonorrhoea. Additionally, the Global Health Sector Strategy on HIV, Hepatitis, and STIs has set ambitious targets to reduce the number of new gonorrhoea cases by 90% by 2030.

Efforts to combat antimicrobial resistance in gonorrhoea require a multi-faceted approach, including effective prevention and control measures, strengthened surveillance systems, and research into alternative treatments and vaccines. WHO emphasizes the importance of global collaboration and coordinated efforts to mitigate the spread of antimicrobial resistance and safeguard public health.

As the global health community grapples with the escalating threat of antimicrobial resistance in gonorrhoea, WHO remains committed to working with Member States and partners to address this urgent public health concern and protect future generations from the devastating consequences of drug-resistant infections.

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