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The London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games

Contributor to the Olympic and Paralympic Games

The Health Protection Agency spent seven years preparing for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games to ensure world class systems were in place to help protect the health of those attending and participating in the Games. 

The HPA achieved its goal of enhancing the systems and capacity to receive, rapidly analyse and react to health protection issues and by working closely with key partners, contributed to an enormously successful Games.

For further evaluation and insight, read the summary report of the Health Protection Agency's Games-time activities.

Part of the HPA’s contribution to the Games was producing a daily public health situation report (SitRep) for the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG), the Department of Health and other key partners. This included information on public health threats, incidents and patterns of disease across the UK, and any significant international event that may have had the potential to impact on the Games.

The Olympic and Paralympic Games legacy will include the sharing of knowledge and experience between those involved in the planning and delivery of future Games. Work is underway with international organisations such as the World Health Organization (WHO) and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) to share information associated with mass gatherings to improve health protection. The designation last year of the HPA as a WHO Collaborating Centre on Mass Gatherings and Extreme Events will help facilitate this. This accolade reflects the high level of support that HPA provides to WHO and other international partners to share public health knowledge and learning as a result of the Games to create a lasting public health legacy.

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