Annual Report 2018


Message from the executive director

I am proud to share the 2018 Annual Report, which sets out a picture of an organisation driving international conversations around the fundamental right to health, paving the way in critical research, and developing expertise and sharing the knowledge that ultimately improves the lives of some of the most vulnerable people across the globe.

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Message from the president

Reading the 2018 Annual Report, it once again reminds me how much we can achieve when we unite and take a stand. Last year, Union staff, members and partners continued to push boundaries, seek out solutions, and fight for the most vulnerable who struggle to access health services or who are harmed by the tobacco industry’s malevolent tactics.

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The first global health organisation

The Union is a global scientific organisation with the mission to improve health among people living in poverty. We do that by conducting scientific research, working with governments and other agencies to translate research into better health for people around the world, and delivering projects directly in the field. The Union is made up of a global membership body of people who help to advance our mission, and a scientific institute that implements public health projects within countries. For close to 100 years, we have been leaders in the fight against some of the world’s biggest killers, including tuberculosis, lung diseases and tobacco use.


We conduct research to provide evidence for public health policy and practice.


We disseminate scientific knowledge to strengthen public health programmes.


We deliver services and conduct advocacy to safeguard people’s health.

Global impact in 2018

  • Union Member Network
  • 10
    Union Offices
  • 48
    Technical Assistance
  • 33
    Research Locations
  • 29
    Courses & conferences

Financial Report

Fiscal year 2017

  • Total net result for the year 2017 was a deficit of 1.318 million euros compared to a surplus of 0.349 million euros in 2016.
  • Total revenue was 51.470 million euros compared to 51.776 million euros in 2016
  • Total expenditure was 52.789 million euros compared to 51.426 million euros in 2016
  • Revenue from grants, gifts and operating grants amounted to 39.5 million euros compared to 42.8 million euros in 2016.
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Union offices