Purpose & Strategy

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, through knowledge creation, the dissemination of science based information, the promotion of best practice in the delivery of care and the provision of high quality education for paediatric gastroenterology, hepatology and nutrition professionals in Europe and beyond

Our Vision
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.

A SWOT Analysis for the topics Finance, Membership, Education, JPGN, Research & Science, Annual Meeting and Society Management were carried out by dedicated Task Forces at the latest ESPGHAN Strategy Day in February 2020. A report of these SWOT Analysis can be downloaded below.