Our Impact

The Union is an influential network of members, including over 850 staff based in 10 offices, and 25,000 rural health care providers, 15,000 community volunteers and thousands of partner organisations worldwide. 

We are a global scientific organisation with the mission to improve health among people living in poverty.

Find the latest information on our work and impact in our Annual Report.

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

The Union’s work directly supports the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, a universal set of goals that UN member states use to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all.

Sustainable Development Goal 3 is to ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages. To measure progress against this goal there are targets that cover global health priorities, including maternal and child health, communicable diseases, universal health coverage and non-communicable diseases.

Find out more about our work and how it aligns with the Sustainable Development Goals here



  • Union studies in Francophone Africa involving 1,200 patients have led to the reduction of TB treatment times from 24 to 9 months and increased treatment success rates to 82 percent from below 55 percent

  • In a single year, The Union conducted 121 research studies in 42 countries and published in peer reviewed journals 104 research and opinion papers

  • Over 1,500 patients to be enrolled in the STREAM clinical trial - the first large-scale, multi-country clinical trial to evaluate shorter treatment regimens for MDR-TB

  • The SORT-IT model delivered by The Union and partner MSF, met or exceeded all targets and received an A+ rating from its funder, DFID



  • 3.33 billion people in 35 countries protected by the smokefree laws supported and implemented through The Union’s work

  • Over 3,000 delegates attended the 47th Union World Conference on Lung Health, with over 900 scientific abstracts presented

  • Over 175,000 people visit The Union website each year

  • In 2016, 1,317 participants from over 60 countries attended 67 Union courses held in 31 countries. Topics covered TB, MDR-TB, TB-HIV, tobacco control, project management and development, and operational research



  • The Union’s Project Axshya in India has reached 15 million people with TB information and tested 600,000 people for TB

  • Axshya has empowered 30,000 TB patients through its Patient’s Charter and reached 100,000 people through a TB helpline

  • DETECT Child TB project cured nearly 1,200 children in one year

  • From its inauguration in conjunction with the 45th Union World Conference the Global TB Caucus has now grown to 2,300 members in more than 130 countries

  • The Union Myanmar Office conducts nearly 500 health sessions per month (having run 13,612 sessions from 2014 to June 2016)

  • The Union Zimbabwe Office oversaw a 90 percent increase in uptake of TB-HIV antiretroviral therapy at 23 supported sites through Challenge TB