Statement from the organisers on COVID-19 and City Health International

It is with regret that we must now confirm the cancellation of the City Health International conference, which was due to take place June 9 – 10 in Warsaw.

The decision to cancel the conference has been taken in the light of the rapid development and severity of the global COVID-19 pandemic, and the steps being taken by governments worldwide to combat the spread of the virus.

As an organisation rooted in the philosophy of harm reduction and belief in the principles of evidence-led public health policy, we feel that it is incumbent upon us to do all we can to protect the health and wellbeing of our conference participants, speakers, exhibitors, suppliers, venue staff and our own team. We also understand that making any plans for international travel at this time is fraught with uncertainty for all of us.

Our team is now working to create online materials, the details of which we will publish in due course, to keep you in touch with the work of some of the speakers who would have presented at the conference. This digital ‘event’ will be free of charge and open to all.

We are so sorry that we will not be together with you, our friends and colleagues, this June, for what would have been the tenth City Health International event. The goal of City Health International has always been to advocate for the adoption of consistent, inclusive and compassionate harm reduction policies and practices and we will continue to do this, throughout the rest of 2020 and into 2021, when we look forward to welcoming you back to City Health International in person.

Please keep an eye on our website, social media and e-newsletters for updates on the forthcoming virtual event. In the meantime, we wish all of you continued good health.

CHI Organizers