Welcome message from the president

Welcome to the Pan African Thoracic Society (PATS) website!

The Pan African Thoracic Society is a major professional organization representing Lung Health in Africa. Respiratory non-communicable diseases including asthma and COPD are key challenges for health in Africa and a major cause of morbidity and mortality in African population. Africa carries a disproportionally high burden of respiratory morbidity and mortality relative to the population size. Infectious diseases such as Pneumonia, Tuberculosis and HIV associated respiratory illnesses are amongst the commonest acute respiratory illnesses in African population.

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Who we are

PATS is a respiratory society made up of healthcare professionals from across the continent and beyond. Formed in 2003, we now have over 1,000 members from 56 countries.  

PATS aims to promote lung health in Africa, the continent most afflicted by morbidity and death from respiratory diseases, by promoting education, research, advocacy, optimal care and the development of African capacity to address respiratory challenges in the continent. 

PATS is a registered Non-Profit Organisation (221-195-NPO).

We continuously partner with other regional and international respiratory organisations in global efforts to improve lung health.

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Proud member of FIRS

Proud member of FIRS

PATS is a proud member of the Forum of International Respiratory Societies (FIRS) that includes leading international societies ATS, ALAT, APSR, Chest, ERS, IUATLD.  

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Latest News

Charter for Lung Health

Charter for Lung Health

PATS urges all members to sign the Charter for Lung Health.

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World Lung Cancer Day 2019

World Lung Cancer Day 2019

1 August is World Lung Cancer Day. 

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PATS at KISLHC 2019

PATS at KISLHC 2019

PATS was recently at the 5th Kenya International Scientific Lung Health Conference (KISLHC).

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PATS MECOR 2019

PATS MECOR 2019

The PATS MECOR course was recently held in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

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PATS at ACACIA study launch

PATS at ACACIA study launch

PATS recently attended the launch of the ACACIA study in Durban, South Africa in May 2019.

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World Asthma Day 2019

World Asthma Day 2019

7 May is World Asthma Day.

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