Overview of Gaslini Children’s Hospital

Established in 1931, the Istituto Giannina Gaslini is a tertiary level paediatric hospital located in Genoa, Italy. Affiliated with the University of Genoa, the Gaslini is considered one of the foremost children’s hospital in Europe, with academic and research program that support the training of new physicians, nurses and other healthcare professionals.

As a regional paediatric centre, the Gaslini provides all paediatric and surgical specialties, including fifteen Centres for Rare Diseases, as well as specialized tertiary care that attracts patients from around the world. The Hospital also houses scientific laboratories as well as affiliated university departments, and since 1959 is formally recognized as a Scientific Institute for Research, Hospitalization and Healthcare, thanks to its substantial and continuous activities carried out with the constant support of the Foundation. This title has been confirmed time and time again through the years.

Over the last ten years, the Gaslini has received accreditation through the Joint Commission International. In addition, the Hospital has also established partnerships with leading international Children’s Hospitals to support the advancement of care practices in a number of subspecialty areas.

Gaslini Children’s Hospital International Relations

Gaslini Children’s Hospital International Relations

In 2011, the Giannina Gaslini Children’s Hospital launched a programme aimed at the development and strengthening of its External Relations, with a particular focus to local, national and international inter institutional relations.

The subjects with whom the Institute entered into partnerships under this programme are many and varied: children’s hospitals of excellence in Italy and abroad, Ministries of Health, healthcare facilities in developing countries, etc.

This programme has several aims:

  1. enable the Institute to strive for excellence through comparison and benchmarking with leading healthcare facilities;
  2. encourage the professional development of its staff through site visits carried out by the Institute's staff and by external parties visiting the Hospital, training exchanges, joint research projects, telemedicine, etc.;
  3. put its own skills to the service of disadvantaged health structures suffering from significant deficiencies in terms of healthcare;
  4. increase own numbers of hospitalization and admissions by accepting patients from other countries following the signing of cooperation agreements, so as to provide them with specialized, high quality care.

We can better identify Gaslini External Relations by dividing them into three different categories:

  1. Strategic institutional relations (first level)
  2. Institutional relations (second level)
  3. Humanitarian aid and non-institutional relations (third level)

Strategic institutional relations (First level)

These are joint collaboration relationships with top children’s hospitals (strategic partnerships) that are able to offer mutual benefits to both parties and which take on a purely strategic role for the Institute. The areas in which these relations take place are the following: Assistance, Research and Education. These relations are aimed at the creation of shared training courses for the medical and nursing staff of both partner entities, at the conducting of internships and exchanges of professionals, and at remote discussions regarding highly-complex clinical cases via telemedicine.

The essential prerogative of the first level relation is the condition of substantial equality of role and importance among the Contracting Hospitals.
The main partners of first level relations are:

  • Boston Children’s Hospital, USA
  • Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, USA
  • The Hospital for Sick Children – SickKids, Toronto, CANADA
  • Hôpital Necker-Enfants Malades – Paris, France
  • ISMETT - UPMC (University of Pittsburgh Medical Center), ITALY-USA
  • A.O.R.N. Santobono Pausilipon, ITALY
  • ARNAS Civico Di Cristina Benfratelli Palermo, ITALY
  • A.O. Ospedale Civile Legnano, ITALY

Institutional relations (Second level)

These relationships involve healthcare facilities located in developing countries or in post-conflict areas. It’s the partner of the Gaslini Children’s Hospital to receive the most benefit from the establishment of the said relations, since the Institute provides for a "transfer of professionalism" in the form of provision of training services and courses.

The second level collaborative activities are developed mainly in the care and education sectors, and are implemented with the aim of favouring the partner entity. These activities take place at Gaslini Institute or at the partner's premises. This type of relation comprises: exchanges of medical and nursing staff that is strictly targeted at training activities, the preparation of operative protocols, and the provision of benefits to patients referred to the Gaslini Hospital by partner hospitals.

The essential prerogative of the second level relation is the role diversity that is instilled between the Hospitals/Contracting parties, where the Institute takes on a prominent role by virtue of the services and features offered to third parties.

  • Kosovo
  • Morocco
  • Kurdistan
  • Bethlehem
  • Venezuela
  • Honduras
  • Albania
  • Georgia

Humanitarian aid (Third level)

This category includes the set of activities carried out on a voluntary basis by Gaslini staff (medical staff, nurses and other professionals) upon their own personal initiative, or through specific third parties initiatives (voluntary associations, non-profit organizations, foundations, etc..) without the direct involvement of the Institute, whose role is derived solely from the existence of an employment relationship with the parties concerned.

This category includes all social activities related to humanitarian interventions promoted on an individual basis or by non-institutional third parties, to which the Institute can only offer indirect support . The essential feature of these relations is that the Institute does not promote them, and merely shows a willingness to indirectly support the initiatives included in this category.

Gaslini staff has participated, and still participates, in international humanitarian aid missions (during the Balkan War, the conflicts in Iraq and Kurdistan, etc) in order to treat ailing patients and provide on-site training to health personnel.

During the last five years, thanks to the Solidarity Fund of the Liguria Region, the Hospital performed several surgical procedures on foreign patients from all over the world, especially from the Southern Mediterranean basin. These initiatives were made possible thanks to the collaboration with the voluntary associations that support the Institute.

  • India
  • Congo
  • Nigeria

Telemedicine and Teleconsultation

Between 2005 and 2011, Gaslini Hospital received hundreds of requests for teleconsultation. Requests for advice received by Gaslini mainly concerned the following areas: dermatology, infectious diseases, nutrition and metabolic disorders, cardiovascular disorders, nephrology, surgery, pulmonology, orthopedics, neonatology, gastroenterology, immunological disorders, neurosurgery and ophthalmology.

In addition to this project, the Institute launched individual telemedicine and teleconsultation initiatives, in particular:

  • A remote support project for paediatric patients of Gaslini Nephrology Unit on home care peritoneal dialysis (remote support + telemonitoring)
  • Teleconsultancy for haemorrhagic diseases
  • Evaluation of a telemonitoring service of adult patients suffering from cystic fibrosis
  • A paediatric teleradiology project in collaboration with the structures of the Local Health Authority 2 (Asl) of Savona

In 2005, Gaslini Children’s Hospital joined the project launched by the Italian Ministry of Health “IPOCM – Alleanza Ospedali Italiani nel mondo” (, which was created to promote the development of quality health services provided by Italian health centres around the world to those who request them, through the continuous use of medical teleconsultation and distance learning.

To this end, the Institute has involved those departments and units capable of providing their services through teleconsultation for 41 groups of ICD9-CM diseases identified by the Secretariat for Technical Assistance of the Alliance of Italian Hospitals Around the World of the Ministry of Health. Thirty-two health centres from around the country joined in the project, mainly Scientific Institutes for Research, Hospitalisation and Healthcare (IRCCS) or polyclinics (only 3 of them were paediatric institutions: Gaslini Children’s Hospital, Burlo Garofolo of Trieste and Rome's Bambin Gesù. Since 2005, thanks to a software that was developed by the Ministry of Health and installed in participating health centres in Italy, the 32 centres receive requests for consultation from Italian hospitals around the world and answer by providing the opinions of their specialists within 48 hours (no urgent consultations are made in real time).

Children in the World – Bambini nel Mondo Association

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Our Partners

Our Partners

Twin Children’s Hospitals-International


Twin Children’s Hospitals-National


Ministries of Health, Governments

  • Ministry of Health of the Republic of Kosovo
  • Ministry of Health of the Republic of Albania
  • Government of Bayelsa State, Southern Nigeria

Other Organizations (Universities, Foundations, NGOs, etc)


Collaborate with Us

Collaborate with Us

Improving child health and providing excellent pediatric care is Gaslini Children’s Hospital goal and mission. To this aim we welcome the opportunity to collaborate with your Hospital / your organization. If your organization is interested in working with us, please contact our External Relations Office or fill the form.

Find belowa a few examples of how we can collaborate:

  • Exchange of healthcare professionals
  • Joint Research Projects
  • Training activities to provide pediatric expertise for developing countries
  • Providing specialized healthcare assistance to those patients who can’t be treated in their home country

International Patient’s Office

International Patient’s Office

Every year Gaslini Children’s Hospital welcomes more than 800 children’s coming from nearly 90 countries from all over the world. Most of Gaslini Children’s Hospital foreign patients come from Europe and the Southern Mediterranean basin, such as Albania, France, Siria, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine, Greece, Egypt, Spain, Tunisia, etc.

Should you wish to make a referral to Gaslini Children’s Hospital for an International patient, please fill the Patient Referral Form below.
If you need more information do not hesitate to contact by phone, mail or e-mail our

International Patient’s Office
Building n° 13, 2nd floor
Phone n°: +39 010 56362228/2362

Training Opportunities

Training Opportunities

Since 2011 Gaslini Children’s Hospital has hosted 35 medical and nursing professionals from the following partner Institutions, within the framework of formal cooperation agreements

  • Kosovo: Kosovo Ministry of Health, University Hospital of Pristina
  • Morocco: Centre Hospitalier Ibn Sina, Rabat; Centre Hospitalier Mohammed VI, Marrakesh
  • Kurdistan: Governorate of Suleymaniyah
  • Palestine: Caritas Baby Hospital, Bethlehem
  • Honduras: Casa “De Los Angeles” a Tegucigalpa - Fondazione Francesca Rava N.P.H. Italia onlus

and within the same agreements Gaslini staff has conducted several training-on-the-job missions in Morocco, Kurdistan, Honduras, Kosovo.

Gaslini Children’s Hospital set its availability to host at its premises medical staff and nurses for off-the-job training sessions on rotational basis.
For any clarification please contact our External Relations Office (Dr.ssa Chiara Volpi +39 010 56362634, ).

In the last five years we have hosted trainees from the following countries:


Contact Information

Main address, e-mail and telephone number

Ospedale Giannina Gaslini
Via Gerolamo Gaslini 5
16147 Genova - Italia

External Relations Office
Building n° 13, ground floor
Phone: +39 010 56362634
Mobile: +39 3666114212

International Patient’s Office
Building n° 13, 2nd floor
Phone n°: +3901056362228/2362

Map and Directions

mapsGPS Coordinates Coast Side: 44.39121053,8.98880118
Via Gerolamo Gaslini 5
16147 Genova
GPS Coordinates Mountains Side: 44.394053,8.988118
Largo Tolentino 3 (it can be reached by car from Via Redipuglia)
16147 Genova


From Cristoforo Colombo Airport Volabus service to the Genova Brignole train station, then bus line number 17 (entry from mountains side), lines 15 – 31 – 45 (entry from coast side)
From the Maritime Station, take the Underground (stop: 'Principe') to Piazza De Ferrari, and take bus no. 15
From Genova Principe Railway Station: bus 34 to Piazza della Nunziata, then bus 18, 39 or 40 to Stazione Brignole, then bus 31 or 45 (entry from coast side), or bus 17 (entry from mountains side)
From Genova Brignole Railway Station: bus no. 17, 31 or 45
From Genova Quarto Railway Station: bus no. 15 or 31
From A 12 Highway: Genova Nervi exit

Car parking: the Institute has a pay parking facility (hourly or daily rate), which is open from 06.00hrs to 22.00hrs. Parking is free for disabled persons holding special permits issued by Municipalities. The parking facility is directly connected to the Day Hospital (Building n° 20)through dedicated elevators.