What are the benefits of forming a national/regional network?
Networks are not “members” as such but are structures approved by the Global Network. Networks should provide opportunities for support and sharing at a local level that can further enhance the benefits of membership.
Through such networks, healthcare services can:
draw on the experience of other members via a range of national/regional networking activities
receive support from members achieving a high level of implementation of the Global Standards
share and access resources and information
collaborate on tobacco related activities and projects, addressing local issues to improve national/regional approaches to tobacco management
participate in a national/regional validation process involving independent validation of self-audit results against the Global Standards.
How to form a national/regional network?
Forming a network requires a leader, an initial driver, to inform, inspire and motivate other healthcare services within the same region or country to implement the Global Standards.
A network is formed when:
3 or more healthcare services within a country or defined region to commit to working together to support the implementation of the Global Network Standards and concept.
Agree a member or a relevant Institute to coordinate the network and lead member activities and networking on the local level
Identify a contact person for the network to receive correspondence and communication between Global Network and network members.
Commit to abide by the Global Network Code of Conduct and agree not to recieve any funding from tobacco companies or subsidiaries, agents or consultants.
Functions of a network coordinating institute
Basic functions of a national/regional coordinating institute include:
Provide the communication link between the Global Network Coordinating Centre and network members and representation of network members at Global Network meetings and activities
Join new members to the Global Network and share the self-audit results of members with the update of membership details within a minimum 3-year period
Support the adaptation, translation and dissemination of the GNTH materials and tools at local level, as needed
Promoting sharing and learning activities on the local level and participation in Global Network development, sub-groups and training activities
Share information received from Global Network with members and promote engagement by members in the decision-making and strategic processes of the Global Network
Centralising information at a local level to support evaluation, accreditation and recognition of the implementation activities and achievements of the healthcare services within the network
Report on the local tobacco control situation and advocate for the Global Network when linking with local policy makers to influence national legislation
Promote awareness campaigns for the prevention of tobacco (World No Tobacco Day) and collaboration with public health and tobacco control advocates to fulfil the aims of the Global Network