Public health & public services

Without well-organised health protection, there will be no recovery from the pandemic

One central issue in the municipal response to COVID-19 is public health. Only if the spread of the virus can be contained and the infection risk reduced a recovery from the pandemic is possible in other fields of action.

Now that COVID-19 vaccines have been approved and vaccination campaigns have started worldwide, strategies must be developed to vaccinate citizens as efficiently and quickly as possible. The Public Health Cluster aims to support municipal practitioners in this endeavour by facilitating knowledge and experience sharing on effective vaccination strategies to optimize vaccine distribution.

Furthermore, the pandemic has shown that health departments need to enhance their digital work environment to better cope with municipal health challenges in the future and provide better administrative support. Therefore, another focus of the Public Health Cluster is on the digitalisation of health departments in municipalities.

In addition to infection control, another challenge for many municipalities is to maintain the provision of municipal services (e.g. electricity, water and waste disposal) to their citizens. The use of basic municipal services and the quality of their provision have a strong influence on the social, economic and environmental performance of a city. However, the Corona pandemic has worsened the financial situation of many municipalities around the world, which has a negative impact on municipal service delivery. This aspect of the Corona pandemic is being addressed and worked on in the Public Services Cluster.

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News & events

News

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Building mental health resilience during times of COVID-19

Building mental health resilience during times of COVID-19

20.09.2021

Invitation to our COVID Public Health Cluster kick-off on 29 September 2021

The city of Krusevac during the pandemic

The city of Krusevac during the pandemic

12.08.2021

Successful measures of the Serbian city in the area of prevention, health and protection of…

COVID-19 epidemic prevention and control in the cardiovascular hospital in Shanxi, China

COVID-19 epidemic prevention and control in the cardiovascular hospital in Shanxi, China

06.08.2021

Maintaining normal medical services during the pandemic

Connective Cities' COVID-19 programme 2021

Connective Cities' COVID-19 programme 2021

27.07.2021

Urban practitioners working together on the municipal pandemic recovery

 

Good practices and learning experiences

Videos & podcasts

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Connective Cities' COVID-19 programme 2021

Connective Cities' COVID-19 programme 2021

27.07.2021

Urban practitioners working together on the municipal pandemic recovery

Municipal response to COVID-19 in the health sector

Municipal response to COVID-19 in the health sector

20.07.2021

Video with insights into the virtual global exchange on February 3, 2021

Municipal response to COVID-19 in the MENA region

Municipal response to COVID-19 in the MENA region

16.06.2021

Video of Connective Cities Network MENA activities from July to December 2020

Interview with Ahmad Zeyad: Public Health and Crisis Management

Interview with Ahmad Zeyad: Public Health and Crisis Management

26.02.2021

"You should always trust and believe in your own capabilities to combat crisis and raise the…

Good practices

Tackling drug addiction and drug use through an innovative partnership

06/09/2021

Drug addiction or drug use disorder is a major issue facing our cities and in fact, all parts of societies. During South…

 

Germany’s health offices and their fast-track response to the COVID-19 crisis

13/07/2021

The COVID-19 pandemic is a major challenge for Germany’s health offices. Many responded quickly at the start of the…

 

Stari Grad – how vaccination campaigns can reach groups at risk

25/05/2021

As in many other countries, people in Serbia who want to be vaccinated have to book an appointment online and then get…

 

Communicate and coordinate – the key to successful vaccination campaigns

24/05/2021

Impatient and sceptical citizens, the ongoing shortage of vaccines, constantly changing regulations that have to be…

 

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The city of Krusevac during the pandemic

The city of Krusevac during the pandemic

12.08.2021

Successful measures of the Serbian city in the area of prevention, health and protection of…

COVID-19 epidemic prevention and control in the cardiovascular hospital in Shanxi, China

COVID-19 epidemic prevention and control in the cardiovascular hospital in Shanxi, China

06.08.2021

Maintaining normal medical services during the pandemic

Pandemic response in Aracaju, Brazil

Pandemic response in Aracaju, Brazil

23.06.2021

Infection prevention, strategic crisis management and crisis communication

Waste Management in Vushtrri, Kosovo

Waste Management in Vushtrri, Kosovo

09.06.2021

An effective system even during the Pandemic

 

Reviews of virtual events

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Connective Cities' COVID-19 programme 2021

Connective Cities' COVID-19 programme 2021

27.07.2021

Urban practitioners working together on the municipal pandemic recovery

Municipal response to COVID-19 in the MENA region

Municipal response to COVID-19 in the MENA region

16.06.2021

Video of Connective Cities Network MENA activities from July to December 2020

Covid-19: The local implementation of vaccination strategies and related communication in municipalities

07.04.2021

Review of the virtual expert exchange on March 22nd and 25th, 2021

Municipal Response to COVID-19 in the Area of Governance

Municipal Response to COVID-19 in the Area of Governance

06.04.2021

Review of the virtual expert exchange on March 12, 2021

 

Beyond Climate

2021 - Integrating Benefits in Sustainable Infrastructure

C40 Cities Finance Facility | Cities Climate Finance Leadership Alliance

COVID-19 implications in the Mediterranean

2021 - Promoting data-driven processes in the response and recovery from the pandemic through regional collaboration and peer learning

FEMISE | CMI

Final Report: Virtual Global Exchange

2021 - "Municipal Response to COVID-19" from 23rd November to 3rd December 2020

Connective Cities

South-East European Local Governments in Post Covid-19 Socio-Economic Recovery

2020 - A survey of 146 respondents, of which 137 local governments and 9 Local Government Associations from SEE

Network of Associations of Local Authorities of South East Europe (NALAS)

Cities Policy Responses

2020 - Tackling coronavirus (COVID‑19) - Contributing to a global effort

OECD

Dealing with the Corona Virus

2020 - Sharing the Experience of German Local Public Utilities in the Water, Energy, and Waste Sector

Verband kommunaler Unternehmen e.V. (VKU)

 
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