Worldwide, 65 million people suffer from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and three million die from it each year, making it the third leading cause of death globally. In addition, 1.76 million people die from lung cancer, more than any other cancer, 235 million people suffer from asthma, the most common chronic disease of childhood, and pneumonia kills millions of people, making it a leading cause of death in the very young and very old.

OUR WORK WITH LUNg health and ncds

The Union calls for policies and actions that contribute to improved lung health globally. We provide a global platform for the latest research on all aspects of lung health through the Union World Conference on Lung Health, Region Conferences and two scientific, peer-reviewed journals. We promote the importance of poverty reduction and address the social determinants of health to improve health outcomes worldwide.


Participants attended the 49th Union World Conference on Lung Health


Research papers published through the Centre for Operational Research since 2009


Publications on NCDs, lung health and tobacco authored or co-authored
by Union experts