Strengthening Preparedness for COVID-19 in Cities and Urban Settings: Interim Guidance for Local Authorities   [open pdf - 3MB]

From the Executive Summary: "Preparedness in cities and other urban settlements is critical for effective national, regional and global responses to COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019]. These settings face unique dynamics that affect preparedness - they serve as travel hubs, have a higher risk of disease spread due to high population densities, and many have extensive public transport networks. Diverse subpopulations have different sociocultural needs and contain vulnerable groups. Some live in crowded and substandard housing, lack access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene facilities, and those in informal settlements are also more often unemployed or dependent on informal economies. Cities also have centres for advanced medical care and are critical to broader health systems. Local authorities have governance and policy-making responsibilities and play an important role throughout the emergency management cycle - from preparedness and readiness to response to and eventual recovery from COVID-19."

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