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The Union News May 2019
ACHIEVERS
“Being a member of The Union is about joining a global community and being a part of a conversation about our collective life."
Justin Denholm, Ethics Advisory Group Member
“One of the most powerful aspects of our work is about solidarity; the fact that we are a global community working together rather than one-way benefactors is critical.”

Associate Professor Justin Denholm is a member of The Union and serves on its Ethics Advisory Group, which provides the organisation with ethical guidance on research protocols. This body is made up of six to eight Union members who review study protocols for any research proposal funded by The Union or in which a Union staff member or consultant is the principal researcher or co-author. Read more...

Message from the Executive Director on World No Tobacco Day

"Prevention must lead our responses to both tobacco control and TB. We must focus our efforts on reducing tobacco use and providing TB screening and prevention as part of a comprehensive package of health services available to everyone if we hope to reach the Sustainable Development Goal target to ensure good health and well-being for all." Read more...

Union response to Lancet Global Health correspondence on shorter all-oral MDR-TB regimens

Union authors responded to an article published in The Lancet Global Health titled Now is the time for shorter all-oral regimens for multidrug-resistant tuberculosis. Read more...

Union technical guides on DM-TB and DR-TB now available in several languages

New technical guides on the management of diabetes mellitus-TB and drug-resistant TB are now available in French, Spanish and Chinese. Read more...

Union webinar on latent TB infection guidelines now open access

The webinar, LTBI: New guidelines from the WHO; getting away from INH, examines various treatment regimens for latent TB infection – essential in preventing TB before the disease progresses. Read more...

World Asthma Day

On World Asthma Day, 7 May, FIRS, alongside the Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA), called for health professionals to evaluate their approach to testing and treating people with this deadly condition and to improve access to basic, effective asthma treatment around the world. Read more...

The Union joins Project ECHO

The Union has recently signed a partnership agreement with Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center (UNMHSC). This will provide The Union with the opportunity to share knowledge and training on the use of TB data. Read more...

The Union congratulates the NCD Alliance on leading the global NCD movement on its 10th anniversary

The NCD Alliance, of which The Union is a founding member, was established with the vision for a world where everyone has the opportunity for a healthy life, free from preventable suffering, stigma and death caused by non-communicable diseases (NCDs). Read more...

UPCOMING COURSES

Courses are taught in English unless otherwise noted.

UPCOMING CONFERENCES

 

On World No Tobacco Day, The Union urges countries to remain vigilant of tobacco industry tactics

World No Tobacco Day this year highlights tobacco’s deadly toll on lung health. The Union calls for renewed efforts to strengthen tobacco control in all countries and integrate tobacco control into health promotion and disease control programmes – measures that are critically needed to prevent the millions of deaths caused by tobacco-related lung diseases each year. Read more...

Major gaps in world's response to drug-resistant TB, according to Economist Intelligence Unit report

The Union welcomed the report, which highlights the huge gaps in the current response to drug-resistant tuberculosis (DR-TB) and includes staggering new data on its devastating impact on human lives, and also the global economy. The report shows that deaths from DR-TB cost the global economy at least US$ 17.8 billion in a single year. Read more...

The Union calls for stronger tobacco control this World No Tobacco Day

The Union released a joint statement with the Framework Convention Alliance on making tobacco control a priority to achieve lung health. Read more...

And The Union called for renewed efforts to strengthen FCTC implementation, alongside members of the Forum of International Respiratory Societies (FIRS). Read more...

Brazil files lawsuit to recover health system costs from tobacco companies

The Union welcomed the filing of a lawsuit by the Government of Brazil against British American Tobacco and Philip Morris International, aiming to recover the costs that were paid by the public health system to treat all smoking-related illnesses over the previous five years. Read more...

The Union expresses concern over FDA's decision to authorise sale of IQOS in the US

The US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) decision comes despite growing concerns from public health organisations about the health impacts of heated tobacco products like IQOS. The potential benefits and risks from these products to public health remain undetermined, but early independent research indicates that tobacco companies are understating the risks. Read more...

The Union at the 72nd World Health Assembly

The 72nd World Health Assembly took place 20-28 May in Geneva, Switzerland. The Union took part in several events including co-hosting a session titled 'Leaving No One Behind? Tracking Health For All From Rhetoric to Reality'.

The Union also delivered interventions on:

The Union calls for action on child TB on the International Day of Families

The Union highlighted the continuing medical neglect of child TB, which results in the avoidable deaths of millions of children. The Union called on governments to take action on the commitments made at the first ever United Nations High-Level Meeting on Ending TB, where national leaders recognised TB as a challenge that they are essential to solving. Read more...

New TREATS project building in Lusaka, Zambia

The TREATS (Tuberculosis Reduction through Expanded Antiretroviral Treatment and Screening for active TB) trial was set up by a consortium, including The Union, to help inform new policies and approaches for tackling the TB-HIV epidemic. The new building, a welcome addition to the project, is funded by Zambart (another consortium member) and will belong to the Ministry of Health when TREATS ends. Read more...

Op-Eds in the May issue of the International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease


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