It was announced last week that The Hague will be hosting 2018 Union World Conference on Lung Health from 24 to 27 October 2018. This annual world conference focuses on Tuberculosis and other lung diseases such as asthma and pneumonia, air pollution and anti-smoking policies.

Around 1.8 million people a year die of Tuberculosis which is the most deadly infectious disease in the world and is most common under the poorest people.

The theme of the conference: Declaring Our Rights: Social and Political Solutions emphasises the importance of political commitment and a human rights-based approach. Both are needed to eliminate tuberculosis once and for all, and to reduce the worldwide threat of tobacco use, air pollution and other lung diseases.

The conference aims to bring together more than 4,000 doctors, scientists, politicians and patients with one common goal: to eliminate tuberculosis once and for all.