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Doors Open for the Union World Conference

30 Oct 2019

Doors opened for the 50th Union World Conference on Lung Health in Hyderabad, India. Some 3,500 researchers, policy makers and advocates have gathered at the Hyderabad International Convention Centre.

We stand at a crossroads for lung health, with the conference coming one year after the first ever United Nations (UN) High-Level Meeting on tuberculosis (TB) and the third UN High-Level Meeting on non-communicable diseases. The conference theme, ‘Ending the Emergency: Science, Leadership, Action’, focuses on what is needed to ensure commitments become action, and that lifesaving targets are met.

The theme resonates strongly with TB, but it also raises awareness that all threats to lung health – TB, air pollution, tobacco and many more – are emergencies that our science, leadership and action needs to meet head on.

As host country to the conference, India provides a unique backdrop to discussions on ending TB and lung disease with the current highest burden of TB in the world, and ambitious targets to eliminate TB by 2025.

The week will feature more than 1,000 scientific presentations, abstract sessions, plenaries, symposia, workshops, and satellites.

Open to the public free of charge, Community Connect: Spoorthi Vedika, the conference community space. It is a vibrant area where community activists, scientists, students, civil society and others come together to network, exchange ideas, discuss solutions and inspire action towards our common goals of ending TB, reducing tobacco use and improving lung health globally.

Read the latest news from the Union World Conference, view the programme or download the app on the conference website.

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