What We Do

The Union China Office manages the grants programme for Bloomberg Philanthropies in China. We also offer technical expertise in all areas of The Union’s work, including tobacco control, tuberculosis, HIV, non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and lung health and road safety. We organise regular trainings as part of the International Management Development Programme and we also offer technical courses in tobacco control.


The Union China Office conducts operational research on TB control, infection control, risk factors and TB (including TB/tobacco, diabetes/TB, HIV/TB) as well as on lung health to provide evidence for public health policy and practice. We also offer technical assistance on research design, improve TB case finding, diabetes/TB, HIV/TB, MDR-TB treatment and other research-oriented activities. Recently, an operational research study to determine if the same diabetes/TB screening model used in a hospital setting would work well in a community health setting was completed. Another operational research to determine factors associated with non-treatment success is ongoing.  


International Management Development Programme (IMDP)®

The Union China Office is the local organiser for the International Management Development Programme, launched by The Union in 2003 to strengthen health systems by training professionals in the specific management competencies needed for healthcare programmes to provide quality care for patients. This series of courses addresses challenges faced by national programme managers and healthcare administrators, with an emphasis on working in limited-resource settings. Taught by experts in the field, IMDP courses empower participants to bring cutting-edge healthcare management to programmes around the globe. 

For details about courses upcoming in China or to learn more about IMDP

Tobacco Control Technical Training

The Union offers trainings designed to strengthen capacity for effective tobacco control programmes in countries with the highest burden of tobacco use. Technical training courses assist countries in meeting requirements under the WHO's Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC). The courses are based on the FCTC's available guidelines, the MPOWER tobacco control strategy and global best practices. The Union China Office organises the courses offered in China, which are taught by local experts. Learn more about Technical Training Courses

Public Health Programmes

Bloomberg Initiative to Reduce Tobacco Use Grants Programme

The Union co-manages the Bloomberg Initiative to Reduce Tobacco Use Grants Programme (BI Grants Programme) in partnership with the US-based Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids.  Since 2007, BI has awarded 556 grants worth US$ 109-million to develop and deliver high-impact, evidence-based tobacco control interventions. Forty-six of these grants have been awarded to China.

The Union China Office works with the National Health and Family Planning Commission, China CDC Tobacco Control Office, China CDC NCD center, and nine subnational government agencies and GONGOs on promoting and implementing national and subnational tobacco control laws and creating 100% indoor smokefree environments. Since 2010, The Union China Office, in collaboration with China CDC Tobacco Control Office, has helped five cities (Guangzhou, Harbin, Tianjin, Lanzhou, and Shenzhen) pass city-wide laws that ban smoking in public places and workplaces. Building on this momentum, The Union China Office is working with the National Health and Family Planning Commission to promote the first-ever national tobacco control law.

Bloomberg Initiative for Global Road Safety

Road traffic injuries are among the leading causes of death and disability in the world. The Bloomberg Initiative for Global Road Safety, funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies, is designed to rapidly and sustainably implement proven strategies to prevent road traffic injuries and includes a major effort to address road safety in 10 large, high-burden cities in low- and middle-income countries across the globe. Shanghai is one of these designated cities.

Initiative activities will include assisting the participating city governments to institute policies and practices to reduce speeding, increase helmet and seat belt use, reduce driving while intoxicated and address other critical aspects of a comprehensive road safety programme. The Union is part of a consortium of expert partner organisations working collaboratively on this initiative.