About G-I-N 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 and 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 G-I-N, 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 G-I-N conference.
- Interact with G-I-N working groups to encourage feedback and avoid duplication of efforts.
In 2004, after the first meeting at Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, Brasil, an Iberoamerican Guidelines Network was established with the support from PAHO. Fundación Enebro-Redeguías was appointed for the Secretariat of the organisation until the end of activity in 2012. The aim was to build a regional network to promote GPC’s development and implementation, as exchange between member organisations and governments, based on internationally standards and tools. The Iberoamerican Guidelines Network set up an agenda with the participation of international guests and establishing regional alliances with other organisations who share common goals (Cochrane, HTAA and regional and national authorities in Public Health). This agenda allowed the discussion about development methodologies, economic evaluations and modification of tolls for implementation, adaptation and update. The development of the Spanish version of the AGREE I and II and of several technical and guidebook documents for elaboration and rational use of clinical practice guidelines in our countries, were the greatest achievements.
From 2004 to 2011 Enebro facilitated several joint meetings between G-I-N and Iberoamerican network, connecting the Portugues-Spanish speaking community with the global community. That included participation in methodological and research projects on guidelines quality and implementation. Fundación Enebro-Redeguías has coordinated more than 15 projects in the field of guidelines, including guideline elaboration, implementation and training. It has been actively participating in the development of the Spanish Guidelines Clearinghouse (Guiasalud) and Health Technology Assessment Agencies, collaborating in methodological manuals, scientific committees and research projects.
Recently, an online platform has been developed in collaboration with the Spanish Association of Royal Colleges of Physicians. This platform allows interactive training in different issues related with guidelines and has been used in several countries. Enebro-Redeguias Fundation is a G-I-N member of since the beginning, and has been an active participant in more than 8 G-I-N annual meetings.