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Lancet. 2014 Jun 14;383(9934):2090-2097. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(13)62384-3. Epub 2014 May 20.

Euro 2012 European Football Championship Finals: planning for a health legacy.

Author information

1
Global Capacities, Alert and Response, WHO, Geneva, Switzerland. Electronic address: smallwoodc@who.int.
2
Global Capacities, Alert and Response, WHO, Geneva, Switzerland.
3
Chief Sanitary Inspectorate, Warsaw, Poland.
4
WHO Virtual Inter-disciplinary Advisory Group on Mass Gatherings, Geneva, Switzerland.
5
Alert and Response Operations, WHO Regional Office for Europe, Copenhagen, Denmark.
6
Surveillance and Response Support Unit, European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, Stockholm, Sweden.
7
National Healthcare and Rescue Coordination, Warsaw, Poland.
8
State Sanitary Inspectorate, Kiev, Ukraine.
9
Country Office in Poland, WHO, Ministry of Health, Warsaw, Poland.
10
Country Office Ukraine, WHO, Kiev, Ukraine.
11
Country Emergency Preparedness, WHO Regional Office for Europe, Copenhagen, Denmark.
12
National Institute of Public Health, Warsaw, Poland.
13
Ministry of Health, Kiev, Ukraine.
14
European Programme for Intervention Epidemiology Training, Stockholm, Sweden.
15
Ministry of Health, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
16
Chatham House, London, UK; London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, London, UK; Public Health England, London, UK.
17
WHO Collaborating Centre on Mass Gatherings, Public Health England, London, UK.
18
Division of Infection and Immunity, University College London, London, UK; University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK.

Abstract

The revised international health regulations offer a framework that can be used by host countries to organise public health activities for mass gatherings. From June 8, to July 1, 2012, Poland and Ukraine jointly hosted the Union of European Football Associations European Football Championship Finals (Euro 2012). More than 8 million people from around the world congregated to watch the games. Host countries and international public health agencies planned extensively to assess and build capacity in the host countries and to develop effective strategies for dissemination of public health messages. The effectiveness of public health services was maximised through rapid sharing of information between parties, early use of networks of experienced individuals, and the momentum of existing national health programmes. Organisers of future mass gatherings for sporting events should share best practice and their experiences through the WHO International Observer Program. Research about behaviour of large crowds is needed for crowd management and the evidence base translated into practice. A framework to measure and evaluate the legacy of Euro 2012 is needed based on the experiences and the medium-term and long-term benefits of the tournament.

PMID:
24857705
DOI:
10.1016/S0140-6736(13)62384-3
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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