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Welcome Message

Dear colleagues and partners,

It is our pleasure to invite you to join us at the 50th Union World Conference on Lung Health, which will take place in Hyderabad, India, from 30 October to 2 November 2019.

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.

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 conference 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.

The Union World Conference hosts a four-day scientific programme and serves as a vital meeting place for all those working on every aspect of lung health. This 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.

We look forward to welcoming you to Hyderabad in 2019.

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