The original 31 constituent members were primarily national lung associations who created The Union in 1920 to provide centralised services needed to support their efforts to control TB. Today's constituent members participate in The Union's strategic planning and governance through the General Assembly. Through their membership fees, they also provide vital support for the core activities mandated by our founding members to support and enhance the efforts of all:
- Conferences: The Union World Conference on Lung Health has become the largest annual conference focusing on lung health issues as they affect low- and middle-income populations. More than 100 countries participate each year: presenting their research and experience, taking part in training, and strengthening the international network fighting for public health. The collaboration of Union members in planning the scientific programme is another unique aspect of this event.
- Education and training: The slate of courses, workshops and seminars offered by The Union continues to grow, reflecting today’s needs. In addition to its well-known courses on tuberculosis, The Union is also making an impact through its International Management Development Programme and capacity-building courses on operational research, MDR-TB management, TB/HIV integrated care, child lung health and tobacco control.
- Dissemination of the latest research and information: The Union’s monthly peer-reviewed journal, The International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease publishes research from every region and makes it widely accessible through its print and online editions. Its impact factor is now 2.548 and over 10,000 people worldwide access the Journal online. The Union also publishes technical guides for limited-resource settings that are made available at no charge; and it keeps members and others informed through its website, newsletters and annual reports.
The Union’s constituent members may take pride in helping to make these services and resources available. In addition, they are also charged with the privilege and responsibility of representing their nation in shaping the direction of The Union and the global agenda for public health.
Each country may only be represented by one constituent member.
If you would like to apply to become the constituent member for your country, please contact us
Any organisation that shares the goals of The Union may apply to become an organisational member. Members in this category also play an active role in shaping Union priorities and contribute significant support to The Union's technical assistance, education and research activities.
There is no limit to the number of organisations from the same country that may join.
If you would like to apply to become an organisational member of The Union, please contact us
Associate organisational members
Associate organisational members are organisations from low-income countries, which wish to be members, but are not able to pay the constituent or organisational membership fee or were not able to identify a sponsor to pay.
To find out more about associate organisational membership and whether your organisation is eligible to apply, please contact us.
Any interested individual may join The Union to support its international work on behalf of the poor and take advantage of the professional opportunities its worldwide network offers. You may select from a range of options with fees beginning as low as 20 euros per year.
- Individual member - print and online: Members who receive both the print and online versions of the International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (IJTLD).
- Individual member - online: Members who receive the online IJTLD.
- Student members: This category is limited to two years and is open to first-time members who are in training and under the age of 35.
- Benefactor members: These individual members choose to make a contribution beyond the basic membership fee.
- 15-year members: These individual members choose to commit to a long-term membership.