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Case Studies of the Urban Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic
1st Edition - September 19, 2023
Editors: Rebecca Katz, Matthew Boyce
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Inoculating Cities: Case Studies of the Urban Response of the COVID-19 Pandemic uses detailed case studies to document and describe how cities located in high, middle and low-income countries responded to the COVID-19 pandemic. City governments and municipal authorities exist and operate in extremely varied contexts (i.e., socioeconomic, demographic, legal and governance, etc.) and intentionally documenting the experiences in these different contexts provides guidance to decision-makers for future preparedness and response activities.
This volume highlights the innovative solutions throughout the pandemic as described by the people who designed and implemented pandemic response efforts in their cities. In addition, it identifies successful models that can be adopted in the future by city leaders around the world.
• Includes a holistic set of pandemic response considerations, such as contact tracing, quarantine and isolation, surging public health and medical workforces, risk communication, the provision testing and vaccination services, and reaching vulnerable populations • A global scope that describes various approaches used by cities around the world in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic • Presents best practices on pandemic response that all can learn from
Researchers, academics, and professionals in global and public health (public health planners and official particularly at the municipal levels), public policy specialists, urban municipal leaders, researchers and professionals in infectious disease, epidemiology, and city planning and other adjacent professional fields, Students of public health, epidemiology, political science, and urban governance
Table of Contents
List of contributors
Cities and the response to infectious disease events: from localized outbreaks to pandemics
The structure of this book
Section I. Pandemic governance and coordination
What is governance?
What is good governance?
Why does governance matter?
The importance of governance for urban pandemic response
Chapter 1. COVID-19 control strategy and measures in Kawasaki City, Japan
The response to COVID-19 in Kawasaki City
Conclusion: lessons learned from Kawasaki City
Chapter 2. COVID-19 pandemic: how Lagos State Government managed the COVID-19 pandemic and the tripod of biosecurity
Lagos State’s approach to emergency preparedness
COVID-19 in Lagos
The response to COVID-19 in Lagos
The pre-index case response
The post-index case response
The response to pandemic waves of COVID-19
Lessons learned from Lagos’ response to the COVID-19 pandemic
Chapter 3. COVID-19 in Beirut: epidemiology, response, gaps, and challenges
The COVID-19 response in Beirut
Conclusion: successes, gaps and challenges, and the way forward
Chapter 4. Pandemic governance and community mobilization in conflict: a case study of Idlib, Syria
COVID-19 in Idlib
Section II. Technology and digital approaches for pandemic response
What are digital approaches?
How have digital approaches been implemented well?
Why do digital approaches matter?
How do digital approaches help in urban settings?
Chapter 5. Singapore’s whole-of-nation strategy for pandemic response and vaccination of the population
Surveillance and testing for COVID-19
Isolation and medical management of SARS-CoV-2 infections
Chapter 6. Future-proofing: Quezon City’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic as investments against the next epidemic
The response to COVID-19 in Quezon City, Philippines
Utilizing COVID-19 investments to build a stronger urban health system in Quezon City, Philippines
Section III. Workforce and surge capacity
What is surge capacity?
What constitutes strong surge capacity?
Why does surge capacity matter?
The importance of surge capacity urban environments
Chapter 7. Expanding workforce surge capacity and the multijurisdictional response to the COVID-19 pandemic in the Las Vegas metropolitan area
Surging the workforce in Las Vegas
Chapter 8. Using mobile financial services to improve community health workers’ efficiency during the COVID-19 pandemic in Dhaka, Bangladesh
Section IV. Vulnerable populations and pandemic response
Defining vulnerable populations
What is unique about vulnerable populations in urban environments?
What challenges did vulnerable populations face during COVID-19?
What strategies were used by governments to address challenges faced by vulnerable populations?
Chapter 9. Prioritizing local context and expertise in a global pandemic: the New Orleans response to COVID-19
COVID-19 in New Orleans
Chapter 10. COVID-19, control and confusion: experiences from Cape Town, South Africa
COVID-19 in Cape Town, South Africa
Chapter 11. A proactive approach to curtail the spread of COVID-19 in the Dharavi Slum, Mumbai, India
Section V. Risk communication
What is risk communication?
What is good risk communication?
Why does risk communication matter?
Chapter 12. Risk communications in a pandemic: tailored communications and public health messaging to urban populations in Baltimore City
COVID-19 risk communication efforts in Baltimore
Conclusion: lessons learned for effective urban public health campaign
No. of pages: 276
Published: September 19, 2023
Imprint: Academic Press
Paperback ISBN: 9780443187018
eBook ISBN: 9780443187025
Dr. Rebecca Katz is a professor and the director of the Center for Global Health Science and Security at Georgetown University. She has more than two decades of public health research experience, much of which has focused on global health security, public health preparedness, and health diplomacy. She has written on the urban governance of disease, the flow of infectious disease risk into and between urban areas and worked with municipal authorities throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
Affiliations and expertise
PhD, MPH, Professor and Director, Center for Global Health Science and Security, Georgetown University, United States
Matthew R. Boyce is a PhD candidate at Georgetown University and a Senior Research Associate at the Center for Global Health Science and Security. He serves as the head research associate for the Center’s work on urban pandemic preparedness, has advocated for improving health security and public health preparedness in urban environments, and worked with municipal authorities throughout the COVID-19 pandemic to support the local response to the outbreak.
Affiliations and expertise
MS, Senior Research Associate, Center for Global Health Science and Security, Georgetown University, United States