The International Nursing Group for Immunodeficiencies (INGID) was formed in 1994 by nurses who were working with children and adults diagnosed with primary immunodeficiency disorders.
INGID is run by members, for members. It is managed by a Board of experienced nurses in immunology who are volunteers and who are elected at the INGID conference that is held in conjunction with the ESID meeting. The General Meeting, open to all members and held during the Conference is the forum where major decisions are made by the members.
The Board of INGID consists of a:
- Communications Director
- Website Manager
- Two board members
In addition, there is usually an affiliated Board member from the country where the next INGID conference will be held.
Aims of INGID
The aims of INGID are to improve and extend the quality of nursing care of patients with primary immune deficiencies, and to increase the awareness and understanding of primary immunodeficiencies amongst nurses.
This is being achieved by:
- Forming international networks of nurses working with patients who have immune deficiencies in order to share knowledge, experience, information, and research.
- Creating a base within the specialty for international collaboration between nurses in research/quality assurance projects.
- Working closely with ESID (the European Society for Immunodeficiencies), IPOPI (the International Patient Organisation for Primary Immunodeficiencies), EFIS (the European Federation of Immunology Societies), and with others who have an interest in primary immunodeficiency disorders.
- Organising INGID meetings. These are held at the same time and in the same place as the ESID and IPOPI meetings.