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

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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PATS at ECPP 2019

PATS at ECPP 2019

PATS recently participated in the 6th Egyptian Congress of Pediatric Pulmonology.

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World TB Day 2019

World TB Day 2019

24 March 2019 is World TB Day. 

TB is preventable and curable, yet it remains the world’s most common infectious disease killer.

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Buist Pathway to Leadership Award

Buist Pathway to Leadership 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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Dr Joseph Aluoch launches 2nd book

Dr Joseph Aluoch launches 2nd book

Congratulations to PATS President, Dr Joe Aluoch, on the launch of his 2nd book, Fifty years of health services in Kenya (1968-2018), this week.

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