Clinical Guidelines Steering Group (CGSG): Guiding Best Practices in Healthcare

The Orapuh Clinical Guidelines Steering Group (CGSG) plays a pivotal role in shaping best practices in healthcare through the development and dissemination of evidence-based clinical guidelines. Comprised of leading experts in oral and public health, the CGSG collaborates with clinicians, researchers, policymakers, and other stakeholders to establish standards of care, inform clinical decision-making, and improve patient outcomes. Learn more about our CGSG and how we’re driving innovation in healthcare delivery and quality improvement.

This CGSG is responsible for guiding the development, implementation, and evaluation of clinical guidelines within Orapuh, ensuring they meet standards of quality, relevance, and effectiveness.

Click here to read Orapuh’s policy for developing Clinical Guidelines for Dental and Public Health Practice in resource-limited contexts

How we select members of CGSG

  1. Chairperson:
    • Experienced leader with expertise in guideline development and implementation.
    • Understanding of dental and public health issues in resource-limited contexts.
    • Strong communication and organisational skills.
  2. Dental Expert:
    • Specialist in dental practice with experience in resource-limited settings.
    • Knowledgeable about preventive and curative dental interventions.
    • Familiarity with oral health challenges specific to underserved populations.
  3. Public Health Specialist:
    • Expertise in public health policy, epidemiology, and community health.
    • Understanding of population-level interventions and health promotion strategies.
    • Experience working in low-resource environments.
  4. Epidemiologist:
    • Proficient in data analysis and interpretation of epidemiological studies.
    • Ability to assess the burden of oral diseases and identify risk factors.
    • Experience in conducting research relevant to dental and public health practice.
  5. Community Health Representative:
    • Advocate for community engagement and participatory approaches.
    • Knowledgeable about local health systems, cultural norms, and social determinants of health.
    • Experience in mobilising communities for health promotion activities.
  6. Healthcare Provider:
    • Practicing dentist or healthcare professional working in resource-limited settings.
    • Frontline experience in delivering dental and public health services.
    • Insights into challenges and opportunities for guideline implementation at the clinical level.
  7. Academic Expert:
    • Researcher or educator with expertise in dental and public health sciences.
    • Ability to critically appraise evidence and contribute to guideline development.
    • Experience in translating research findings into practice.
  8. Policy Advocate:
    • Understanding of health policy and advocacy strategies.
    • Ability to navigate political landscapes and influence policy decisions.
    • Commitment to advancing oral and public health equity through policy change.


  1. Chairperson:
    • Responsible for leading meetings, setting agendas, and coordinating activities.
    • Facilitates consensus-building among Steering Group members.
    • Represents the group in external engagements and communicates with stakeholders.
  2. Secretariat:
    • Provides administrative support, including scheduling meetings and maintaining records.
    • Coordinates communication within the group and with external stakeholders.
    • Assists in drafting reports, guidelines, and other documentation.
  3. Technical Coordinator:
    • Oversees the technical aspects of guideline development, including evidence synthesis and review.
    • Collaborates with members to ensure adherence to methodological standards.
    • Supports capacity-building efforts related to evidence-based practice.
  4. Community Liaison Officer:
    • Facilitates engagement with local communities and community-based organisations.
    • Ensures that community perspectives and needs are incorporated into guideline development.
    • Strengthens partnerships with community stakeholders to support guideline implementation.
  5. Resource Mobilization Officer:
    • Identifies funding opportunities and develops grant proposals.
    • Builds relationships with donors, foundations, and other potential funders.
    • Manages budgets and resources to support guideline development and implementation activities.