The 52nd Union World Conference On Lung Health

19 - 22 October 2021

One of the most vibrant spaces of the 52nd Union World Conference on Lung Health, Community Connect is where affected communities meet and connect on the various challenges and opportunities surrounding lung health.

Community Connect is open access so as to promote inclusion in every way – all are welcome to take part in the sessions without having to pay registration fees for the main conference.

The purpose of Community Connect is to inspire, engage and give a voice to the community. Representatives from the community can share, experience and develop ideas and projects around 4 tracks related to lung health and non-communicable diseases.

Event details

19-22 October 2021
08:00-18:00 (CEST)
Virtual event
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List of tracks


Community, rights, and gender: Implementation experience, best practices and stories from affected communities to ensure community-centred, rights-based and gender responsive healthcare for all.


Innovation in TB, tobacco control, COVID-19, lung health and non-communicable diseases: Shared learning based on innovative research and advances to prioritise communities' needs on the health agenda.


Political environments for community-led advocacy to influence policy: Government and community partnerships, advocacy and community-led monitoring of laws, policies or guidelines and engagement in multi-stakeholder accountability mechanisms.


Social determinants of health for vulnerable groups: Research and recommendations to ensure high quality healthcare for key populations and vulnerable groups. This could include home-based care and integrated services for nutritional support, psychological support and financial support.

Optimal engagement across time zones

In order to ensure optimal engagement with the virtual format of the conference, Community Connect sessions will be tailormade to suit different time zones to ensure a broader reach and accessibility to people from all around the world. The programme listing will be available shortly.


Registration for Community Connect and the 52nd Union World Conference on Lung Health will be open until 22 October 2021 (last date of the conference). Community Connect sessions will be open access but registration is required. One does not need to register and pay registration fees for the conference to attend Community Connect sessions.

Abstract submissions

Submissions for Community Connect 2021 are now closed.

For details on submission themes and guidelines that were given, click here.

If you have any further questions, please email