On September 13th-14th, The City Health International conference 2018 was held in Odesa for the first time in Eastern Europe region. The Conference was organized by the Alliance for Public Health together with the City of Odesa, AFEW International (The Netherlands) and Knowledge Action Change (United Kingdom). This was the seventh event dedicated to the public health issues in urban areas.
The theme for City Health International 2018 was ‘Developing healthy responses in a time of change’. This included changes in political and societal norms, as well as changes in perceptions and expectations within communities. It also provided scope to tackle the important principle of inclusion, with regard to marginalized individuals and groups.
More than 250 delegates from over 30 countries gathered to exchange best practices in public health and on city health issues related to social, economic, and demographic changes. Among them were representatives from NGOs, community projects, advocacy groups, as well as urban and health planners, academics, policy makers and those who deliver services and interventions.
For the Odesa citizens and guests of the city a healthy life zone was set up next to the conference venue where all interested could get tested for diabetes, hepatitis, HIV/AIDS, as well as to listen lectures on healthy lifestyles, sport, food and recreation.
On September 13th, a panel discussion took place at the Conference involving Deputy Mayors of Kyiv and Odesa, and a representative of the Amsterdam Health Department regarding the success of cities in HIV/TB prevention after joining the Fast Track CITIes Initiative.