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About the Public Health Service of Amsterdam (GGD)

Information about the GGD Amsterdam, the city's public health service.

The Public Health Service of Amsterdam (GGD Amsterdam) covers a wide field of public health activities. About 1300 men and women are employed by the GGD, spread all over the city and neighbouring communities that are part of the GGD's health care area. The main building, which is the head office, is situated at the Nieuwe Achtergracht 100.

Almost all residents of Amsterdam visit the GGD at least once in their lives. Parents of young children regularly visit a child health centre, travellers to the tropics are advised and properly vaccinated at the travel clinic and he or she who is troubled by cockroaches, mice or rats calls in the pest control service. The STI Outpatient Clinic performs tests and, if necessary, provides treatment for an STI (sexually transmitted infection).

Besides this the GGD is dedicated to secure the health and well-being of e.g. drug addicts, homeless people and prostitutes.

But all provided services, taken for granted these days, have been at some point the novelties of yesterday's era. The GGD has in the 116 years of its existence, during constantly changing circumstances, in many ways contributed in improving the city's health conditions.

More information

Corporate video

Title: 'Working together for a Healthy City'
Length: 08.15 min.
Commissioned by: Communication dept. GGD Amsterdam
Camera, directing and cutting: Jeroen de Geus Producties
Voice-over: Nicholas Maddern
© 2015 GGD Amsterdam