Regional Communities

Regional Communities

GIN Africa

As one of the Guideline International Network’s regional communities, GIN Africa enhances and promotes relationships between GIN and the African guideline community, interacts with other GIN regional communities and working groups and promotes membership of GIN.

Clinical guidelines are frontline tools that help healthcare service providers to be more efficient in-patient care. Because guidelines are usually evidence informed, it helps bring evidence to the patient’s bedsides which would have been otherwise searched for by the clinician.

Aims & Objectives

GIN Africa is a regional community of clinical practice guideline developers, users and other stakeholders from the African continent who are interested in improving the effectiveness, rigor and efficiency of guideline development, adaptation, dissemination, implementation, and performance measurement. Through a series of educational webinars, regional training conferences, social media and special events, GIN Africa facilitates discussion, partnerships, collaboration and ongoing information sharing within the African guideline community.

As one of the Guideline International Network’s regional communities, GIN Africa enhances and promotes relationships between GIN and the African guideline community, interacts with other GIN regional communities and workgroups, encourages membership in GIN.

  • Provide a network for African guideline users, developers, and other stakeholders to form partnerships and discuss regional guideline issues.
  • Facilitate partnerships, collaboration and ongoing information sharing through educational webinars, regional training conferences, social media opportunities and special events.
  • Improve the effectiveness, rigour and efficiency of guideline development, adaptation, dissemination, implementation, and performance measurement.
  • Enhance and promote relationships between GIN and the African community
  • Interact with GIN groups to encourage feedback and avoid duplicating efforts.

How to join?

If you are interested in joining GIN Africa you should email: admin@g-i-n.net  and you will be added to the email list.

Chair:
Etienne Ngeh (kesekedy2008@yahoo.com)
Vice Chair:
Bridget Nwagbara (nwagbaraa@yahoo.ca)
Secretary:
Awuor Ponge (awuorponge@gmail.com)

GIN Arab

Welcome to the GIN Arab Regional Community web pages. With the movement towards evidence-based health care and accreditation of health care institutions, many of the Arab countries have become increasingly interested in clinical practice guidelines as the way to provide evidence-based health care and thereby satisfying the accreditation standards. GIN, as the international body that connects all guidelines developers, implementers, researchers, students, and other stakeholders, has a pivotal role to play in pushing forwards this guideline activity throughout the region.

The Arab states occupy an area stretching from the Atlantic Ocean in the west to the Arabian Sea in the east, and from the Mediterranean Sea in the north to the Horn of Africa and the Indian Ocean in the southeast. The Arab world has a combined population of around 422 million people, with over half under 25 years of age.  The 22 Arab countries (members of the Arab league) in alphabetical order are: Algeria, Bahrain, Comoros, Djibouti, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates and Yemen. Despite the similarities and differences in the disease morbidity patterns and health care systems in these countries, the use of clinical practice guidelines has never been a feature in the delivery of health care resulting in a wide variation of practice.

Aims & Objectives

  • Provide a network for Arab guideline users, developers, and other stakeholders.
  • To form partnerships and discuss regional guideline issues.
  • Enhance and promote relationships between GIN and the Arab guideline community.
  • Collaborate with regional and international clinical guidelines stakeholders in order to facilitate local adaptation of guidelines.
  • Provide an ongoing framework for ensuring that important research findings are translated into appropriate policies and practice.
  • Expand the GIN membership by engaging individuals and organisations in the Arab world.
  • Interact with GIN groups to encourage feedback and avoid duplicating efforts. Organise and promote regional events and an annual satellite conference that is non-competitive with the annual GIN conference.
  • Improve the efficiency and effectiveness of evidence-based guideline development, adaptation, dissemination, and implementation in the Arab world.
  • To disseminate the culture of Clinical Practice Guidelines (CPGs) adaptation and implementation via workshops in an effort to teach its methodologies and tools.

How to join

To find out more about joining the GIN Arab Regional Community please email admin@g-i-n.net

Chair:
Samia Al-Habib (smalhabib@yahoo.com)

GIN Asia

GIN Asia is a community that consists of countries in Far East Asia, including Peoples Republic of China, Japan, Republic of Korea, and Singapore. This region has a total population of 2.5 billion, all affected by clinical practice guidelines.

GIN Asia was established in April 2016.

Aims & Objectives

  • Provide a network for guideline users, developers, and other stakeholders to form partnerships and discuss evidence-based guidelines and regional guideline issues.
  • Enhance and promote relationships between GIN and the Far East Asian guideline community to share experiences and competencies.
  • Improve the efficiency and effectiveness of national and regional programs in evidence-based guideline development, adaptation, dissemination, and implementation.
  • Organise and promote regional events and a satellite conference that is non-competitive with the annual GIN conference.
  • Interact with GIN working groups to encourage feedback and avoid duplication of efforts.

How to join

To join the GIN Asia Regional Community, please email admin@g-i-n-net

Chair:
Yaolong Chen (chenyaolong21@163.com)

GIN Australia & New Zealand (ANZ)

GIN member organisations and individuals in Australia and New Zealand are encouraged to join GIN’s regional community. Participation is also open to other organisations and individuals in Australia and New Zealand, as well as the nearby Asia and Pacific region.

The GIN ANZ Regional Community acts as a means to disseminate information and promote collaboration in guideline development across the region. We offer a quarterly newsletter, listserv, and a webpage of resources to engage the community.

Benefits of joining:

  • Networking with others involved locally in guidelines to share “lessons learned” for prioritising, developing, updating, and implementing guidelines.
  • Exploring emerging trends in guideline development
  • Opportunities for collaborative evaluation and research on guideline development and use

Aims & Objectives

  • Provide a local network for collaboration for users, developers, researchers, and implementers of guidelines.
  • Promote regional efficiencies and effectiveness of evidence-based guidance including guideline formats, development, adaptation, updating, dissemination, and implementation.
  • Coordinate with other health quality improvement initiatives across Australia and New Zealand
  • Promote the GIN mission at a local level in Australia and New Zealand
  • Organise and promote sharing of knowledge and regional events.

How to join?

You can subscribe to our mailing list as a non-member to get acquainted with our activities, which we hope will convince you to become an active GIN member. GIN membership confers significant benefits that include access to resources, working groups (including GIN ANZ), guideline development tools, a newsletter, and the ability to add your guidelines free of charge to the GIN International Guideline library.

Full members can interact and network with the international GIN community to exchange ideas, receive advice and avoid duplicating efforts.

If you are interested in joining this group, email us at a-nz@g-i-n.net

Chair:
Zac Munn (zachary.munn@adelaide.edu.au)

GIN Iberoamerica

The Iberoamerican region is a community, whose members are the Portuguese and Spanish- speaking nations of the Americas and Europe, which share an oral, linguistic, and historical tradition. The countries include Spanish-speaking countries in North, Central, and South America: Argentina, Bolivia, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Chile, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Uruguay, Venezuela, the Portuguese-speaking country of Brazil, and the Iberian Peninsula countries Spain and Portugal.

There is a remarkable collaborative work within the Iberoamerican organisations in order to promote health through the development of evidence-based clinical practice guidelines, the creation of national programs such as: AUGE of Chile, National Program of Colombia, CENETEC of Mexico, Foundation IHCAI of Costa Rica, and new initiatives in Peru, Brazil, Salvador, and Uruguay with the support of PAHO.

A unique feature, which confer these initiatives high potential, is the involvement of higher education institutions such as Universidad Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Universidad de Chile, Academia Nacional de Medicina Argentina, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Universidad de Sevilla and Universidade de Lisboa among several other elite universities.

The region accounts a total population of 648,887,749.

Aims & Objectives

Provide a regional network for guideline users, developers, researchers, implementers, organisational stakeholders and other individual, to form partnerships and discuss regional guideline issues and evidence-based practice in the Iberoamerican region. 


  • Enhance and promote relationships between GIN, the Ibero American region, and other regional groups, in order to share experiences and competencies.
  • Improve the efficiency and effectiveness of national programs in evidence-based guidance, including guideline formats, development, adaptation, updating, dissemination, implementation, and equity.
  • Coordinate activities with other health quality initiatives in the region.
  • Organise and promote regional events, including an annual satellite conference that is non-competitive with the annual GIN conference.
  • Interact with GIN working groups to encourage feedback and avoid duplication of efforts.

How to join

To find out more about joining please email admin@g-i-n.net

Chair:
Rodrigo Pardo Turriago (rpardot@unal.edu.co)

GIN Nordic

In GIN Nordic, we have established a permanent forum for cooperation where we meet twice a year. We share a common foundation in methodology, with small differences, and we all have an interest in broadening cooperation across our countries. We are continually working on how to share data and enhance cooperation between our countries.

The Nordic Regional Community is open to all individual or organisational GIN members interested in the aims below.  The Nordic countries include Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden.

Aims & Objectives

  • To establish a regional group for the Nordic countries in order to enhance Nordic collaboration within individuals, health authorities and other organisations interested in guidelines to improve health care.
  • To make use of our specific Nordic context and the similarities between the Nordic countries.
  • As a community within GIN, the mission and principal aims are as those of GIN
  • Specifically, GIN Nordic wants to be an open, approachable community encouraging a free, open-minded flow of ideas

How to Join?

GIN members who are interested in joining should write to: admin@g-i-n.net.

Chair:
Maria Herlev Ahrenfeldt (MAHA@sst.dk)

GIN North America (NA)

As one of the Guideline International Network’s regional communities, GIN/NA enhances and promotes relationships between GIN and the North American guideline community, interacts with other GIN regional communities and workgroups, encourages membership in GIN.

Background

The exploratory session for GIN North America was held in Chicago at the 7th Annual GIN Conference in August 2010. About 100 attendees expressed universal enthusiasm and support for establishing a North American community.

Challenges faced by guideline developers, users and other stakeholders are not necessarily unique, but there are specific issues that currently impact the North American community. These include (a) heterogeneous guideline processes with minimal regional or national oversight, (b) guideline development by diverse professional medical societies, groups, and organisations, (c) region-specific guideline development standards that have broad implications for guideline processes and publication, (d) common concerns about funding and support, and (e) a regional desire to communicate and share best practices.

Aims & Objectives

  • Provide a network for North American guideline users, developers, and other stakeholders to form partnerships and discuss regional guideline issues
  • Facilitate partnerships, collaboration and ongoing information sharing through educational webinars, regional training conferences, social media opportunities and special events
  • Improve the effectiveness, rigor and efficiency of guideline development, adaptation, dissemination, implementation, and performance measurement
  • Enhance and promote relationships between GIN and the North American community
  • Interact with GIN groups to encourage feedback and avoid duplicating efforts

How to join

  • Please contact the GIN/NA Community chair, Yerado Abrahamian by emailing Yerado.Abrahamian@kp.org
  • Contribute to several discussions of topics related to guideline development, dissemination, and implementation on GIN North America’s LinkedIn site. Re-connect with friends and colleagues and make new connections by contributing to the discussions. Participation in the site requires a LinkedIn account. Join the conversation today!

Chair:
Yerado Abrahamian (Yerado.Abrahamian@kp.org)

To network and actively collaborate with the guideline community, become a GIN member today!