Director of the Department of Ethics
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"I am participating in the International Summit of Cooperatives because…"
"We have to think “outside the box” if we really want to ensure universal access to health care which is appropriate, fair and which contributes to reducing inequities…"
Dr Rüdiger Krech is the Director of the Department of Ethics and Social Determinants of Health at the World Health Organization (WHO). He was the Director of the Department of Ethics, Equity, Trade and Human Rights at the World Health Organization from 2009 to 2012. Before joining WHO, he was in charge of German International Cooperation’s (GiZ) work on social protection from 2003-2009 both in its Headquarters in Eschborn near Frankfurt and in India.
He has also held various management positions at the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for Europe in Copenhagen in the fields of health systems, health policies, health promotion and ageing between 1992-2003.
Dr Krech has studied educational sciences, medicine and public health and holds a doctoral degree in public health.
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