London Olympics: new report on public-health preparedness

The report highlights the public-health challenges associated with mass gatherings. It focuses on the English health authorities’ efforts and capacity to prepare the health system to address potential risks during the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London, United Kingdom.

The report:

  • describes the English health system’s substantial capacities to manage crises, regardless of cause, such as disease outbreaks, environmental emergencies, and natural and man-made disasters;
  • examines the initiative to prevent and mitigate the health impact of such crises on the population; and
  • focuses mainly on the national level, with some attention to managerial structures at the regional and local levels.

It concludes with recommendations for effective action, including on preparedness and response. These make the report a useful reference for other countries planning to host mass gatherings.