International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease: Promoting Global Efforts

Committed to global lung health since its founding in 1920, The Union engages in training, technical assistance, scientific research and funds tobacco control activities in low- and middle-income countries. Its tobacco control program has identified four broad goals for 2010-2015: 

● Strengthen capacity for tobacco control.
● Ensure effective implementation of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control and of MPOWER.
● Increase the sustainability of tobacco control.
● Protect policies from interference by the tobacco industry and other vested interests.

Union support helped achieve wins across the globe, as these examples illustrate:

Some legislation and policy victories: 

Argentina, Brazil, Egypt, Turkey and Mexico instituted tax increases or smoke-free policies; - Egypt and Pakistan and Ukraine introduced new health warnings on tobacco products; - Governments in Indonesia and Russia have passed National tobacco control legislation. 

Tobacco control infrastructure: Brazil, Mexico, Philippines,Vietnam and others created entities dedicated to tobacco control at the national level; Thailand established provincial-level networks; and Bangladesh used mobile courts to enforce tobacco laws. Russia, China and Indonesia were among the countries that integrated tobacco control into their broader health agendas.

To build capacity, The Union since 2007 has also:

● Signed 40 new grant contracts with governments and NGOs.
● Offered 38 courses as part of its management development program to 731 tobacco control experts in six countries. 
● Offered technical assistance and resources in collaboration with WLF and other BI partners on mass media campaigns, communication and MPOWER workshops, and legal issues.