Vancouver hosts the 21st Conference of The Union North America Region

This year’s Union North America Region Conference in Vancouver, Canada, hosted by Union Organisational Member, British Columbia Lung Association, brought together 300 delegates from the region.

The Union supports at-risk populations through active case finding in DR Congo

219,765 people received TB screening and 5,103 patients were diagnosed with TB according to the latest statistics from The Union DR Congo Office for a project operating active case finding in high risk communities.

More accessible care provided by The Union for people living with HIV in Myanmar

The Union Office in Myanmar provides antiretroviral therapy (ART) to over 26,000 people living with HIV. Now, thanks to 17 newly decentralised treatment centres, many of those patients will have better access to care and support.

Union study in Francophone Africa combats childhood TB

Childhood TB is one of the most urgent challenges facing the lung health community. The Union’s observational study in Francophone Africa aims to identify children at risk of contracting the disease and place them on preventive treatment.

New report shows investment in neglected disease R&D still falling

A report on 2015 global investment into R&D of new products for neglected diseases shows that investment has decreased by $68 million (a reduction of 2.3 percent). This is the third consecutive year of declining funding.

The Union works with Government of India to raise TB awareness

A nationwide tuberculosis (TB) case-finding campaign focusing on vulnerable populations has been launched in India, with the aim to improve TB detection rates at the early stages of disease.

TB patients find support at monthly Union meeting

Every month, The Union Office in Myanmar organises a support meeting for the community of people affected by tuberculosis (TB) in collaboration with the National TB Programme.

Union media mentorship raises profile of TB in Zimbabwe

The Union Zimbabwe Office in partnership with the National Tuberculosis Control Programme has just concluded a media mentorship programme in Zimbabwe to increase press coverage of TB and thereby increase public awareness and understanding of the disease.

Daouda Adam: a consumer rights advocate mobilised for tobacco control in Africa

At last year’s global forum for progressing tobacco control, Daouda Adam was nominated by his peers to represent the interests and concerns of the Africa region. Preventing tobacco industry interference was the key issue he presented.

Georgia’s tobacco tax reform built through multi-stakeholder collaboration

Georgia’s Ministries of Health, Finance and Agriculture have worked together to reform tobacco tax, and have committed to reaching European Union required levels within ten years.

Systematic review reveals extent of childhood TB epidemic

TB has once again become the world’s deadliest infectious disease, surpassing HIV/AIDs in 2015 and killing an estimated 1.8 million people. TB’s impact on children is not well understood, but evidence points to an epidemic unfolding in the shadows.

The Union welcomes the Medicines Patent Pool’s first open licence agreement for tuberculosis treatment

The Union welcomes the announcement from the MPP that it has signed a licence agreement with Johns Hopkins University to facilitate the clinical development of TB drug candidate sutezolid.

Submission of abstract and session proposals for 2017 Union World Conference now open

Submissions are now open for research abstracts and proposals for sessions (symposia, workshops and post-graduate courses) to be included in the scientific and community programme of the 48th Union World Conference on Lung Health.

Statement from The Union on Bedaquiline access, India

Drug-resistant TB is one of the most terrible diseases that any person can ever face. The health system must do everything in its power to provide access to effective treatments for every patient.

More than 20 million people protected from second-hand smoke as Shenzhen city, China, goes smoke-free

China’s fourth most populous city, Shenzhen, is now 100 percent smoke-free after a law banning smoking in all indoor public places came into full force on 1 January 2017.