ESPGHAN strategic plan 2019-2022



The European Society for Paediatric Gastroenterology Hepatology and Nutrition (ESPGHAN) is a multi-professional organisation whose aim is to promote the health of children with special attention to the gastrointestinal tract, liver and nutritional status.


ESPGHAN aims to reduce the burden of the digestive and nutritional diseases and to improve and promote the digestive and nutritional health in paediatric age groups.


The aim was to formulate a clear action plan with defined and achievable goals as well as timelines for each of the missions mentioned above. The task of chairing and moderating the process was assigned to the current ESPGHAN President elect. The outlines of the document were discussed by the Executive Committee in September 2018 and presented to the Council during the meeting in October 2018, where the task force groups for each mission were formed. The taskforce groups provided preliminary documents that were discussed further by the wider panel of ESPGHAN experts and officials on the Strategy Day in February 2019, followed by the finalisation of each section and synthesis into the single Strategic plan. This unified document was further modified by the Executive Committee, approved by the ESPGHAN Council, and finally published on the ESPGHAN website.

For the 2019-2022 plans, six areas were chosen for progression: Membership and Management, Education, Science and Research, Quality of Care, Finance and Public Affairs and lobbying.

The full document, including mission statements, action plans and timelines can be viewed by clicking here. 

For an overview on the previous strategy and other important initiative, our report from 2016-2019 can be found by clicking here.