Regional Director

Dr Hans Henri P. Kluge is the WHO Regional Director for Europe. His term began on 1 February 2020, following his nomination by the WHO Regional Committee for Europe and appointment by the WHO Executive Board.

Throughout his career, beginning as a family doctor in Belgium, along a journey to Somalia, Liberia, the prisons in Siberia, former Soviet Union countries, Myanmar and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, and most recently leading the Division of Health Systems and Public Health at WHO/Europe for a decade, Dr Kluge has always been committed to achieving better health for all with a focus on the vulnerable.

As Regional Director, Dr Kluge’s vision for the WHO European Region is “United action for better health”, working in partnership to achieve universal health coverage, address health emergencies and promote healthier populations.

Dr Kluge is from Belgium. He is married and has two daughters.

Dr Kluge's biography

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About Dr Kluge

My dream is that of a society where no one is left behind. A WHO European Region where health is taken into account in major government policies to enable all people of all ages to live healthy lives. A Region where people-centred and sustainable public health and health-care services are available to all people. Read more about Dr Kluge


Address to the 70th session of the Regional committee. Dr Hans Henri P. Kluge, WHO Regional Director for Europe

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