The Union: a federation of members shaping global lung health
The 31 national lung associations that formed The Union in 1920 became the first “constituent” members, charged with leading – and funding – their new organisation. Today Union membership is open to both organisations and individuals, and more than 2,000 have joined our common cause: health solutions for the poor.
Members provide The Union with:
The federation of members governs The Union through their elected Board of Directors and annual General Assembly.
- Independence and vitality
The Union’s scientific rigour, independence and vitality are a reflection of our members' commitment to global lung health.
The Union changed the course of TB treatment in the 20th century and today the Federation and Institute work together on challenges from multidrug-resistant TB and HIV to tobacco control.
- Financial support
While membership fees are not The Union’s principal funding source, they continue to support the core activities, such as conferences, courses, and journals.