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Welcome to the CAPGAN

Capgan is the Commonwealth professional and scientific association of pediatricians which aims to promote the knowledge of, and training
in, pediatric gastroenterology, hepatology and nutrition throughout the Commonwealth, especially amongst developing countries.

Capgan seeks to foster collaborative research in these fields, hold regular scientific meetings and be a source of authoritative advice to both national and international agencies within the Commonwealth on the problems of pediatric gastroenterology and hepatology and in particular the problems of childhood diarrhea and malnutrition.


Promote the knowledge of and training in Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition throughout the Commonwealth but especially amongst developing countries Foster collaborative research in these fields Hold regular scientific meetings

Be a source of authoritative advice to both national and international agencies within the Commonwealth on the problems of pediatric gastroenterology and hepatology and in particular the problems of childhood diarrhea and malnutrition Exert a positive influence as advocates for the welfare of children

CAPGAN guidance

Dear CAPGAN members,
In this unprecedent global pandemic, we know that many of us will be changing the way we work in caring for children and families. Although the greatest burden of illness is in older people and those with co-morbidities, we are keen to share guidance regarding changing our practice with children – especially those in high-risk groups. Although we focus on paediatric gastroenterology, hepatology and nutrition, we have also included links to general paediatric practice as this will also be relevant to many of us.

Relevant guidance and updates are available from many national and international organisations including advice re adult practice that will help guide our care of children. There are also several global databases that are keen to document how COVID-19 affects children with specific conditions; please do enter details of cases that you have managed.

Guidance directly relevant to paediatric gastroenterology

BAPEN Statement On Coronavirus And Home Parenteral Nutrition

Birmingham Women’s and Children’s Hospital Nutritional Care Team nurses

EOSNetwork: Eosinophilic Diseases

International Organisation for the study of Inflammatory bowel disease (IOIBD): ioibd-update-on-covid19-for-patients-with-crohns-disease-and-ulcerative-colitis

Letter from Lorenzo d’Antiga, Italy

NASPGHAN guidance ng172

General guidance and updates news-room q-a-detail q-a-on-covid-19-pregnancy-childbirth-and-breastfeeding

General guidance and updates covid-19-advice bsg-guidance-on-clinical-research-during-the-covid-19-crisis
Canada Paediatric Society

(including delivery, neonatal care and breastfeeding) media news commonwealth-coronavirus-response-centre en human-regulatory overview public-health-threats coronavirus-disease-covid-19#what's-new-section
Indian Academy of Pediatrics


COVID-19 Key topics
COVID-19 research evidence summaries
COVID-19 'shielding' guidance for children and young people

UpToDate – from Walters Kluwer

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19): Questions and answers
Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and pregnancy: Questions and answers
Society guidelines: Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) – International and government guidelines for general care
Society guidelines: Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) – Guidelines for specialty care
Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19): Pregnancy issues
Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19): Considerations in children


WHO situation reports

SURVEYS please report cases of COVID-19

SECURE-IBD Coronavirus and IBD Reporting Database:

ESPGHANPorto IBD Group How does COVID-19 (Coronavirus) 2020 outbreak influence pediatric IBD?

Patients with Eosinophilic Esophagitis and Eosinophilic Gastrointestinal Diseases EoE/EGID and COVID-19

Information from charities and for parents and carers

BSPGHAN IBD Working Group COVID-19 in children with IBD wp-content/uploads/2020/04/COVID_IBDWG_Parents_Carers

Canada Paediatric Society (including those with special needs) and adolescents

Caring for Kids: COVID-19 and your child
CICRA support during coronavirus

Coeliac UK: Coeliac disease and coronavirus (COVID-19) FAQs
Crohn’s and colitis UK

Decision trees for assessing risk and appropriate social distancing and shielding for children

Children’s Liver Disease Foundation: Coronovirus updates RCPCH Advice for parents during coronavirus

UpToDate – from Walters Kluwer

Patient education | Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) overview (The Basics) | Brazilian Portuguese | French | German | Italian | Japanese | Spanish
Patient education | Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and children (The Basics)
Patient education | Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and pregnancy (The Basics)

This is not an exhaustive search, but we hope that these links will be helpful, we will aim to keep them up-to-date as new evidence and guidance emerges and welcome your feedback. Please do let us know of any additional sources of information – especially those relevant to colleagues facing COVID-19 “on the front line” throughout the Commonwealth: please e mail

Most of all, keep safe!

With our very best wishes in these extraordinarily challenging times,

Neelam and Steve.

CAPGAN Visiting Fellowship Programme

CAPGAN would like to invite applications for this new programme which is open to all CAPGAN members. The overall aim is to build capacity in research and clinical practice by supporting secondments to institutions within the CAPGAN network. The Fellowships will be competitive with priority given to applications from early career clinicians and researchers that are likely to result in significant improvements in clinical care or the development of research in paediatric gastroenterology, hepatology and nutrition in low and middle-income Commonwealth countries.

We envisage secondments of between 6 weeks to 3 months to institutions within the CAPGAN network. Details of some institutions willing to host Fellows are shown in appendix 1 but we encourage you to identify a supervisor and institution that best meets your training and development needs. Preference will be given to applicants who have identified an appropriate institution and include a supporting letter from the proposed supervisor. We can also help you in identifying appropriate institutions.

CAPGAN has allocated some funds to launch the programme and we will be looking for matching funding from appropriate sources to increase the number of Fellowships that we can support. To date, additional funds are available to support a Visiting Fellowship at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, Liverpool, UK. For further details, please contact:

Applications will be judged primarily on how the activities undertaken during the Fellowship will provide professional and personal development for the candidate and improve clinical care or research in their home institution or within the wider CAPGAN network. Activities could include gaining clinical or research experience and skills, developing a joint research proposal for submission for funding and developing education resources.

Any costs that are required to complete Fellowships are eligible. However, we encourage applicants to seek other financial support and specify the costs being requested from this programme; this will allow us to support more Fellows from the available funds.

Applications should be submitted using the form in appendix 2 to

COVID 19: Please go ahead and submit your application – but plan well ahead. Although it is very uncertain how the epidemic will progress, it may be possible for Fellowships to begin later in 2020. We will continue to monitor the situation and announce a closing date for applications in due course.

Applications will be assessed by the CAPGAN Visiting Fellowship Task Group.

Please contact and/or the host of your chosen institution if you would like to discuss any aspect of your proposal.