The GIHSN is a network of several sites affiliated with national health authorities (see About Us).
Sites are selected based on their motivation, geographic representativeness, ability to conduct epidemiological studies, availability of laboratory facilities, and expertise in influenza surveillance. Each coordinating site supervises a group of one to several hospitals in its country or geographical region and follows a core reference protocol (see Join the GIHSN).
Independence and ownership
All study sites are public partners and they have full ownership of the data they generate.Sanofi Pasteur has access to the results but not to the the raw data.
Capacity building and sustainability
Technical assistance is provided by the coordinator of the network.
This is a long term initiative planned to be renewed every year pending satisfactory output and budget availability.
Data use and sharing
A pooled analysis is performed yearly by the coordinator and discussed at a global stakeholders meeting.
Operational coordination and technical support of the GIHSN network has been provided by the FISABIO Institute.
FISABIO is a public organisation affiliated to the Regional Government of Valencia, Spain. FISABIO is a non -profit scientific institution, whose primary purpose is to encourage, promote and develop technical scientific investigations, health and biomedical research in Valencia.
FISABIO serves more than 1500 health professionals from the Valencia health network; specialists working in research and clinical trials managed through FISABIO.
FISABIO coordinates and animates the network, through protocol discussion, capacity building workshops organization, facilitation of scientific exchanges and troubleshooting between the network members, execution of pooled-analyses and organization of a yearly workshop to share and discuss results.
The coordination team is composed of the coordinator two epidemiologists, a statistician and a research assistant, the based in the Vaccine Research Department of FISABIO in Valencia, Spain.