International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease

International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease

The Union is an international scientific Institute strong in technical assistance, operational research and education, addressing the challenges of tuberculosis, lung disease, HIV/AIDS and tobacco control in low and middle-income countries.

Summary of relevant work

The Union is also a Federation of more than 15,000 members and subscribers in 150 countries committed to the same vision: health solutions for the poor. 

The Union Centennial Campaign honours the upcoming 100th anniversary of our founding in Paris in 1920

Recent achievements of The Union include:

  • The Union developed the DOTS TB control model adopted by the WHO, which has been used to treat more than 56 million people since 1995. Today this Union model is also used to manage TB-HIV, TB-diabetes, asthma and child pneumonia.
  • More than 16,000 people with HIV receive antiretroviral therapy through the IHC programme in Myanmar.
  • Operational research led to 128 publications in peer-reviewed journals in 2012. In addition, The Union publishes two peer-reviewed scientific journals, as well as guides and other resources.
  • Close to 100 courses and workshops are offered each year to build capacity in TB and MDR-TB, operational research, HIV/AIDS, tobacco control, child lung health, management and other essential areas.
  • The Union World Conference on Lung Health is the largest focused on low- and middle-income countries, with participation from more than 125 countries.
  • 556 tobacco control projects in 61 countries, co-managed by The Union as a partner in the Bloomberg Initiative to Reduce Tobacco Use, have led to 34 countries implementing national smokefree legislation and more.
  • Marginalised populations in 300 districts across 21 Indian states have improved access and better quality TB services through Project Axshya, a civil society initiative to improve TB control.


Training, education and capacity building
Alcohol/drug use disorders
Central America and the Caribbean
Middle East
North America
South America
Non-communicable diseases (e.g. cancer, diabetes, stroke)