mission, vision and values
The mission of the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Union) is to bring innovation, expertise, solutions and support to address health challenges in low- and middle-income populations. With nearly 10,000 members and subscribers from 152 countries, The Union has its headquarters in Paris and regional and country offices serving the Africa, Asia Pacific, Europe, Latin America, Middle East, North America and South-East Asia regions. Its scientific departments focus on tuberculosis, HIV, lung health and non-communicable diseases, tobacco control and research. The Union is most widely known for the research that led to the global strategy for treating and controlling tuberculosis. Adopted by the World Health Organization in 1995, The Union model is part of the internationally recommended Stop TB Strategy that has been used to treat 32 million people in 202 countries. Drawing on this first success in addressing TB from medical, political, social and organisational perspectives, The Union has since developed programmes addressing TB-HIV, asthma, pneumonia in children under five years of age, and tobacco control. The emphasis is on providing health solutions for the poor. The Board of Directors voted to approve a revised mission, vision and values for The Union at their April 2009 meeting in Paris:
The Union brings innovation, expertise, solutions and support to address health challenges in low- and middle-income populations.
Health solutions for the poor.
- QUALITY: We deliver our services and products to the highest possible standards.
- ACCOUNTABILITY: We are responsible stewards of resources and deliver on our commitments.Independence: We maintain the freedom to pursue innovation and are guided by the best evidence to improve the health of the poor.
- SOLIDARITY: We stand together as one Union to overcome the greatest challenges to improve health among the communities we serve.