Athens, Greece

Athens, Greece

Through a cross-society collaboration dedicated to health promotion and harm reduction, the city of Athens has ensured that pandemic response efforts meet the unique vulnerabilities of marginalized groups. The city has created temporary housing for people affected by homelessness and a specialized support center for people who inject drugs. With support from the Partnership for Healthy Cities global network, Athens is also scaling up distribution of essential supplies and developing communication materials to support vulnerable groups in navigating available services and understanding the pandemic. The city’s interventions demonstrate real commitment to tackling the long-standing challenges of homelessness and substance use, and improving access to health for hard-to-reach groups.