International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Union)

Union internationale contre la tuberculose et les maladies respiratoires
Unión Internacional contra la Tuberculosis y Enfermedades Respiratorias

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1920-10-20 Paris France


Founded to continue the activities of H-XH1172 - Bureau central pour la prévention de la tuberculose, set up 1902, Berlin (Germany), following resolution of an international congress held in 1901, London (UK) (and several previous meetings from 1867 onwards).

Statutes modified: Jul 1922, Brussels (Belgium); Aug 1924, Lausanne (Switzerland); Oct 1926, Washington DC (USA); Sep 1950, Copenhagen (Denmark); Oct 1954, Madrid (Spain); Jan 1957, Delhi (India); 1959; Jun 1961, Paris; Oct 1967, Amsterdam (Netherlands); Jul 1971, Moscow (USSR); Sep 1973, Tokyo (Japan); Sep 1975, Mexico; Jul 1980, Prague (Czechoslovakia); Nov 1986, Singapore (Singapore); Jun 1994, Mainz (Germany); Nov 1998, Bangkok (Thailand).


Promote national autonomy within the framework of the priorities of each country by developing, implementing and assessing anti-tuberculosis and respiratory health programmes; gather and disseminate knowledge on all aspects of tuberculosis and lung disease, as well as on the resulting community health problems; alert doctors, decision makers, leaders of opinion and the general public to the dangers presented by tuberculosis and lung disease, as well as the community health problems associated with them; coordinate, assist and promote the work of its constituent members throughout the world; establish and maintain close links with WHO, other UN organizations and government and non-government institutions in the sectors of health and development.


2024-11-12 | Bali, Indonesia – World Conference on Lung Health

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General Assembly (every 4 years); Board of Directors; Executive Management Team; Senior Management Team; Coordinating Committee of Scientific Activities. Regions (7): Africa; Asia Pacific; South-East Asia; Latin America; Middle East; Europe; North America. Technical Departments (4): Tuberculosis and HIV; Tobacco Control; Research; Lung Health.


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UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 1: No PovertyGOAL 3: Good Health and Well-beingGOAL 4: Quality EducationGOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong Institutions



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