The Union has been organising conferences around the world on tuberculosis and related issues for over a hundred years.

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Union World Conference on Lung Health

The Union World Conference on Lung Health is the world’s largest gathering of clinicians and public health workers, health programme managers, policymakers, researchers and advocates working to end the suffering caused by lung disease, with a focus specifically on the challenges faced by low-and lower-middle income populations.

51st Union World Conference on Lung Health

The 51st Union World Conference on Lung Health took place as a virtual event, from 20-24 October 2020.

The conference theme was ‘Advancing Prevention’. Prevention is key to ending TB, reducing tobacco use and improving lung health worldwide. Yet prevention has been neglected as a research and operational priority in this sector – and has never featured as a conference theme to date. With the threat of COVID-19, prevention is critical for limiting its repercussions on global public health. 

Past Union World Conferences

Regional Conferences

The Union’s members work together to organise regional scientific conferences bringing together experts to focus on topics of importance to public health in the region. These events provide an opportunity to present region-specific research, discuss innovative local programmes and offer training targeted to regional needs.

The Union is divided into seven regions to help address lung health and related issues from a regional perspective. Members can network with colleagues who face the same regional challenges and contribute to The Union's deep understanding of local issues.

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