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Official relations with the World Health Organization
The Union has been formally granted the role of a non‑State actor in official relations with the World Health Organization (WHO).
“Official relations” is a privilege that the WHO’s Executive Board grants to nongovernmental organisations that contribute significantly to the advancement of public health, and have a sustained and systematic engagement in the interest of the WHO, and have aims and activities which conform with the spirit, purposes and principles of WHO’s Constitution.
Victorien lives in Benin. He contracted TB at 18 years old. He was then diagnosed with MDR-TB, at which point he was included in The Union's nine-month study. He finished treatment in 2013 and went on to studying a chemistry, biology, geology degree at university.
Victorien is now active in outreach efforts to educate people about TB. He volunteers with the Red Cross to work on reducing the stigma and misinformation around TB in the community.
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