The New Normal: a dual track approach to health strategy and policy

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Dr Hans Kluge

Dr Hans Kluge


Professor Alistair McGuire

Professor Alistair McGuire

In LSE Health's Annual Lecture, Hans Kluge, WHO Regional Director for Europe, will walk us through a dual track approach to health strategy and policy.

Three years of COVID-19 have exposed the fault lines in health systems across the WHO European Region and globally. The pandemic has also driven home the gross inequities that impact access to health within societies and between countries. As we embark on the 4th year of what the UN Secretary-General has labelled the worst global crisis since World War Two, it’s clear that governments and health partners need a new approach to strengthening health systems overall. Dr Kluge avers that a dual track approach to health strategy and policy must be our new normal. Countries must prepare for the health emergencies that lie ahead, arriving faster than ever before, while, at the same time, investing in essential, everyday health services. This approach addresses this range of health challenges, requiring political commitment at the highest levels, grassroots efforts to strengthen primary health care, innovations in health such as digital health and the adoption of disciplines such as behavioural and cultural insights.

Meet our speaker and chair

Hans Kluge (@hans_kluge) is WHO Regional Director for Europe since February 2020. He has 25 years of experience in medical practice and public health in numerous settings around the world. Dr Kluge joined WHO in 1999, where he held various positions. He led the development of a new WHO European Region vision on health systems for prosperity and solidarity and built strong partnerships on health system performance and reforms.

Alistair McGuire is Head of the Department of Health Policy at LSE. He has acted as an advisor to governments and governmental bodies, as well as for a number of international bodies (including the World Bank, the WHO, and the IMF) and pharmaceutical and health care insurance companies. His research covers all topics in health economics, including international comparisons, economics of the hospital, public/private sector interface, cost-effectiveness analysis of health technologies.

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