Our Impact

The Union is an influential network of members, including over 850 staff based in 9 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



  • Results from Stage 1 of STREAM – the first large-scale, multi-country clinical trial to evaluate shorter treatment regimens for MDR-TB – show that the efficacy of the 9-11-month treatment regimen is comparable to that of the 20-month regimen recommended in the 2011 World Health Organization guidelines.

  • In a single year, The Union conducted 114 research studies in 32 countries and published 150 research and opinion papers in peer reviewed journals. 

  • 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.

  • 65 percent of research papers published through The Union’s Centre for Operational Research have had an impact on public health policy or practice.

  • A Union-led observational study in francophone Africa, TITI (Transmission Investiguée de la Tuberculose Infantile), used contact tracing to identify children at risk of TB and place them on preventive therapy. Results showed this to be an effective method for preventing TB in children; of the nearly 2,000 children enrolled, 90 percent were started on preventive therapy, with 92 percent of children completing their course of treatment. Five percent of children were diagnosed and treated for active TB.



  • 3.33 billion people in 35 countries have been protected by the smoke-free laws supported and implemented through The Union’s work.

  • Over 4,000 delegates attended the 49th Union World Conference on Lung Health, with over 900 scientific abstracts presented.

  • Over 275,000 people visit The Union website each year.

  • The International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (IJTLD) is the official publication of The Union. It is distributed to more than 18,000 subscribers and Union memers in over 165 countries world-wide to physicians, health workers, researchers, professors, students and decision-makers, including public health centres, medical, university and pharmaceutical libraries, hospitals, clinics, foundations and institutions.

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

  • The Union delivered courses and convened conferences in 31 countries in 2017. The Union delivered 46 courses on international management development and clinical and operational management of TB, TB-HIV and MDR-TB, attended by 1,164 participants from 81 countries.



  • Since 2013, The Union’s Project Axshya has facilitated the identification and testing of 2 million presumptive TB patients, and the project provided sputum collection and transportation services to 1,150,000 people, resulting in more than 100,000 patients being diagnosed with TB.

  • Through its Integrated HIV Care programme, The Union Office in Myanmar currently treats 32,000 people for HIV.

  • In one year, community volunteers working with The Union Office in Myanmar led 11,000 tuberculosis and health information sessions, reaching 540,000 participants.

  • The Union DR Congo Office leads a project that screened 220,000 people from high-risk populations for tuberculosis in one year.

  • In Uganda, the Union’s DETECT Child TB project works to strengthen healthcare delivery to improve childhood TB case finding, treatment and prevention. In one year, the project treated over 1,500 children diagnosed with TB, with a 95 percent success rate.

  • An active screening campaign in Zimbabwe ensured that 48,000 high-risk Zimbabwe residents were screened for TB over the course of a year.

  • The Union Zimbabwe Office has scaled up patient-centred services for integrated TB-HIV care to 46 primary care facilities, leading to an increase in the number of people co-infected with TB-HIV on antiretroviral therapy from 74 percent in December 2013 to 93 percent in June 2017.