LMIC Grant Succesful Applicants

G-I-N is once again delighted to be able to offer support to four of our members from Low and Lower Middle income countries to attend the 2018 Manchester Conference.

These members are:

Irene Maweu

Irene Maweu consults in health issues including HIV AIDS.  Other areas of focus are gender, eLearning, human capacity development, communication and managing people networks. She has carried out assignments in the East and Western African region and Germany.   She gained this experience by exchange and partnerships with development partners, private and public sector, NonGovernmental Organisations and the banking industry. Her educational background is in strategic management and business administration. She has various professional trainings in health related topics.



Chrishantha  Abeysena

Chrishantha Abeysena is a Professor at the Department of Public Health, Faculty of Medicine, University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka and a Board-certified Consultant Community Physician, and undertook a post-doctoral training at the Monash University, Australia, gaining experience in Clinical Epidemiology, Biostatistics, and Health Service Management.

Chrishantha has contributed significantly towards capacity building efforts on evidence-based approach in Sri Lanka. He's been involved with Cochrane since 2004, as a Steering Committee member of the South Asian Cochrane Network & Site Coordinator of the South Asian Cochrane Network.

He also served as the Chairperson of the Board of Study in Community Medicine of the Postgraduate Institute of Medicine, University of Colombo from 2015-2017 and the President of the College of Community Physicians of Sri Lanka in 2016/2017.


Joseph Mathew

Joseph Mathew is a Pediatric Pulmonologist at the Advanced Pediatrics Centre, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education & Research in India.  He is a leader of the Evidence Based Medicine movement with a special focus on translating research evidence to health-care practice in resource-limited health-care settings. He also actively contributes to the Cochrane Collaboration, Guidelines International Network (G-I-N), Health Technology Assessment International (HTAi), & Society for Medical Decision Making (SMDM).

He is the Founder Chair of G-I-N LMIC Working Group (2015-present) and HTAi Interest Subgroup for Developing Countries (2008-13). He has contributed significantly towards capacity building efforts for evidence-informed decision-making in low income countries through the SIGNET programme. He is the lead author of EURECA (Evidence that is Understandable, Relevant, Extendible, Current and Appraised) and also developed the KNOW ESSENTIALS tool for evidence-informed decision-making in resource-limited settings.

Hella  OuertataniHella Ouertatani is a member of the implementing team of the national instance for assessment and accreditation in healthcare at INASanté. She is the Coordinator in clinical practice guidelines projects and Head of clinical pathways unit at the healthcare quality and patient safety department.

Integrating the public Tunisian health system since 1998 as a clinical nutritionist in the national children hospital and then the national trauma center and burn,  Hella holds postgraduate degrees in critical appraisal of literature and management of information (Laval University-2016), clinical nutrition and an ongoing degree on healthcare management (cologne university).


This year we have also been fortunate to be able to offer support to an additional three members.  This has been made possible by the European Society of Cardiology, who kindly provided additional sponsorship funding which we are extremely grateful for.

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The European Society of Cardiology (ESC) is an independent not-for-profit medical society led by expert volunteers. We unite member National Cardiac Societies, cardiovascular ESC subspecialty communities, Affiliated Cardiac Societies, distinguished Fellows of the ESC and individual 95,000 members from around the world.This network allows us to reach out and support the global cardiology community and keep our finger on the pulse of cardiology. Diversity is our strength.

Olena LishchyshynaOlena Lichyshena PhD, is the Director of the Medical Service Standardisation Board at the State Expert Centre in the Ukraine,  Prior to this Mrs Lishchyshyna worked for 20 years at the Institute of Oncology of Medical Sciences of Ukraine,

Olena has participated in the development of the national strategic planning program of medical standards in Ukraine, and carried a study visits in NICE (London) and SIGN (Edinburgh).

She also regularly leads training on evidence-based medicine, and the methodology of developing clinical guidelines for the multidisciplinary working groups.


Mohamed Ben Hamouda

Dr Mohammed Ben Hamouda joined the healthcare quality and security department at INASanté in January 2017 as Head of Clinical Practical Guidelines unit.  Prior to joining INASanté, he has held roles such as National Sales Manager & Market Access Manager with various large pharmaceutical companies.

He received M.D from the Faculty of Medicine of Tunis in 1999, an MBA from the Canadian Training Center of Human Development in 2015.



  Gouri Shankar  Bhattacharyya

Dr. Gouri Shankar Bhattacharyya, manages the Department of Medical Oncology at Salt Lake City Medical Centre, Kolkata.  His principal area of interest lies in Cancer Research and delivery of Cost Effective Cancer Care and repurposing of drugs.  He is a founder member of the Indian Cooperative Oncology Network (ICON), Molecular Oncology Society, and Indian Association of Cancer Research and the Founder Member of ICON Biorepository as well as member for Drafting of SOPs. Gouri works with many external bodies and is a Member of the American School of Clinical Oncology.





Countdown To Conference
25 Days 17 Hours 31 Minutes 29 Seconds
Important Dates

Registration Opens - 17th January 2018

Abstract Submission Opens - 17th January 2018

Abstract Submission Closes - 11th April 2018

Notification of Abstract Acceptance - 18th May 2018

Early Bird Registration Closes - 20th June 2018

Online Registration Closes - 5 September 2018

Conference – 11th – 14th September 2018

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