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The 50th Union World Conference on Lung Health sees high-level participation and ground breaking announcements

The 50th Union World Conference on Lung Health offered a cutting-edge, four-day scientific and community programme. Announcements made at the conference included the dramatic price reduction of rifapentine, a key preventive tuberculosis (TB) drug, and news of a promising new TB vaccine. Spoorthi Vedika: Community Connect provided a global platform for TB survivors, people living with lung disease and civil society to work with researchers, scientists and policy-makers to find solutions to lung disease. Read more...
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Conference highlights: 

Dramatic price reduction in key preventive TB drug announced

At a press conference on prevention, Sanofi, Unitaid and the Global Fund announced they will significantly lower the price of rifapentine, a critically important drug used to prevent TB. Read more...

‘A breathless child': session highlights urgent need for equal access to healthcare for children with asthma and pneumonia

Two of the biggest avoidable causes of illness and death in young children are asthma and pneumonia. They kill millions of children and adults every year, particularly in low- and middle-income countries, where inequalities in access to affordable and high quality care can be a significant barrier to diagnosis and adequate treatment. Read more... 

Alarming statistics demonstrate major threat of air pollution 

The plenary session shared results of a study on the harmful effects of air pollution, which start even before we are born, with 287 pollutants detected in samples of umbilical cord blood. 120 million children under the age of five suffer from pneumonia, with 50 percent of child deaths from pneumonia being attributable to air pollution. Read more... 

Strong tobacco control policy, not e-cigarettes, is the solution to the tobacco epidemic 

At a special World Health Organization session titled 'Novel and emerging nicotine and tobacco products', a panel of experts discussed the threat posed by e-cigarettes and heated tobacco products on global public health. Read more... 

First-ever Survivors Summit held

The Union convened its first-ever Survivors Summit on the eve of the 50th Union World Conference on Lung Health in Hyderabad, India, bringing together dozens of survivors of TB and lung disease with the aim of harnessing the power of the community to create a more coordinated global advocacy movement. Read more... 

TB vaccine results announced at TBScience 2019

An announcement was made at a press conference during the second annual TBScience, an official Union World Conference event entirely devoted to basic and translational TB research. Read more...


Live streamed sessions - available to watch on The Union’s YouTube channel

This year, for the first time, The Union live streamed a selection of high-level events and special sessions to extend access to people unable to attend the conference in person. The live streamed sessions are available to watch and share on The Union’s YouTube channel.


Union World Conference in the News

The 50th Union World Conference news featured extensively in global and Indian media. Coverage included:

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