News Update on the 49th Union World Conference on Lung Health in The Hague

The 49th Union World Conference on Lung Health will be held this year in The Hague, The Netherlands from 24-27 October 2018, and will focus on human rights, an apt theme for the city of peace and justice. The Hague and KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation will be hosting the 49th Union World Conference on Lung Health.

Submissions scientific programme

Submissions to the scientific programme for the 49th Union World Conference on Lung Health in The Hague are now being accepted. The conference theme ‘Declaring Our Rights: Social and Political Solutions’, highlights that to eliminate tuberculosis (TB) and achieve the health-related Sustainable Development Goals requires a coordinated public health response driven by the human rights of each individual. The deadline for submissions of abstracts, symposia, post-graduate courses and workshops is Tuesday 17 April.

Largest gathering

The Union World Conference on Lung Health is the world’s largest gathering of clinicians and public health workers, health program managers, policymakers, researchers and advocates working to end the suffering caused by lung disease, with a focus specifically on the challenges faced by the low- and middle-income countries. Of the 10 million people who die each year from lung diseases, some 80 percent live in these resource-limited countries.

“TB thrives where rights do not”

“TB is more than a clinical condition,” said Kitty van Weezenbeek, Executive Director, KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation. “TB thrives where rights do not. People everywhere, no matter who they are, have the right to prevention, treatment and care for TB. We need to accelerate the introduction of new tools and shorter injectable free regimens to reduce suffering and death from drug-resistant forms of TB. The Netherlands has unique expertise and an innovation track record in this field, and the Union World Conference is the perfect platform to share and exchange that knowledge.” As the city of peace and justice, The Hague provides a unique environment to link science, human rights and international policy in the design of public health responses.

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KNCV has been fighting TB since its establishment in 1903. Over the past 120 years, the organization has acquired indispensable knowledge and experience in the field of effective TB prevention and care, resulting in pre-elimination in the Netherlands and significant contributions to global evidence generation, policy development and TB program implementation worldwide.

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