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.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.


International TB experts gather for the first time in 1867 to share strategies for fighting “the White Plague” – tuberculosis.
Prof Robert Koch of Berlin identifies Mycobacterium tuberculosis as the cause of TB in 1882.
Cross of LorraineIn 1902, the Central Bureau for the Prevention of Tuberculosis is established in Berlin and adopts the Cross of Lorraine as its symbol. WWI forces its closure.

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