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16-K, Gulberg III,
Lahore, Pakistan.

The Global Fund The Union (IUATLD) National TB Control Program (NTP) STOP TB Partnership

The International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Union), now into its 89th year, provides technical assistance, education and research to promote lung health in low- and middle-income countries. Based in Paris with regional offices in the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Latin America, the Union has almost 10,000 members and subscribers from more than 145 countries.

Modeling the global fight against TB: 1978-1991
In 1978, in response to a request from the Minister of Health of Tanzania, the IUAT proposed the establishment of a National Tuberculosis Programme under the direction of the government and with the support and coordination of the IUAT.

This proposal was the basis of a new IUAT programme of Technical Assistance, and became the basis in 1979 for the first edition of the Tuberculosis Guide. Such assistance was eventually extended to nine low-income countries and became later on the basis of the WHO's current DOTS strategy.

In 1982, the Koch centenary was celebrated at the 25th conference in Buenos Aires. That was the year when the commemoration of World TB Day on March 24 started on a proposal by the Mali TB Association, a constituent member of The Union.

The principles of the model National Tuberculosis Programme, outlined on the occasion of the retirement of Dr Styblo in 1991, were subsequently enumerated as the "DOTS" strategy, and promoted as the official policy of the WHO. In that year, The Union's international TB training course was held in Arusha for the first time, to illustrate the principles of the model DOTS programme.

In 1998, The Union joined with WHO and other international partners to form the "Stop TB" initiative which later on turned to be the present “Stop TB Partnership”. For further details about The Union please visit website http://www.theunion.org

South East Asian Region of The Union

PATA and The Union