World Health Organization (WHO) defines health as a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. The COVID-19 pandemic that started in Wuhan, China towards the end of 2019 had a negative effect on societies, institutions, and governments in many areas such as health, education, or economy.
As we can encounter similar pandemics in the coming years, the lessons learned on the global, national and local scale will be very important. Therefore, it is necessary to collaborate in the light of cooperation, the mind and science.
As a member of WHO European Healthy Cities Network for a quite long period, Izmir places health to the center of its vision and thereby positions itself as a natural member of these collaboration efforts.
Within this framework, the Metropolitan Municipality of İzmir, together with the Infectious Diseases Prevention Association (BUHASDER) and the Turkish Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (KLİMİK) organizes the first “World Pandemic Conference” between 6-7 July 2021 where experts from Turkey and the whole world will come together.
During the conference, we aim to examine all aspects of the worldwide pandemic and reveal measures to fight potential epidemics in the future.