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 65 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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COVID-19 resources

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered coronavirus called 'SARS-CoV-2' (previously referred to as 2019-nCoV).

The World Health Organization (WHO) has compiled further resources in order to provide updated information as clinical findings become available.

To see updated information regarding confirmed cases globally access the Dashboard.

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Latest News

African Paediatric Lung Function Working Group meets

African Paediatric Lung Function Working Group meets

The African Infant and Preschool Lung Function Working Group held their virtual meeting in October 2020.

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JPATS September Issue Online

JPATS September Issue Online

The September issue of the Journal of the Pan African Thoracic Society (JPATS) is available online.

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World Lung Day 2020

World Lung Day 2020

25 September is World Lung Day.

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World Lung Cancer Day 2020

World Lung Cancer Day 2020

1 August is World Lung Cancer Day

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Buist Pathway to Leadership 2020 Award

Buist Pathway to Leadership 2020 Award

Thanks to a generous donation from Professor Emerita Sonia Buist, we are delighted to announce this unique opportunity for PATS MECOR graduates. 

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World No Tobacco Day 2020

World No Tobacco Day 2020

31 May 2020 is World No Tobacco Day. 

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