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. 

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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Congress 2018 Update

Congress 2018 Update

The PATS & SATS Congress 2018 was successfully held at the Durban International Convention Centre in Durban, South Africa from 12-15 April 2018.

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PATS Exco 2018 elected

PATS Exco 2018 elected

A new PATS Executive Committee was recently elected to serve for the period 2018-2021.

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Latest News

World Pneumonia Day 12 Nov 2018

World Pneumonia Day 12 Nov 2018

12 November 2018 is World Pneumonia Day. 

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PATS at Union Conference 2018

PATS at Union Conference 2018

PATS recently participated in The Union 2018 Conference held in The Hague. 

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PATS at ERS 2018

PATS at ERS 2018

PATS recently participated in the ERS Congress 2018 held in Paris, France. 

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World Lung Day 25 Sept 2018

World Lung Day 25 Sept 2018

On 25 September 2018, we will celebrate the 2nd World Lung Day. 

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PATS Exco members elected to The Union

PATS Exco members elected to The Union

Two PATS Exco members, Dr Bertrand Mbatchou and Dr Kevin Mortimer were elected to serve on The Union. 

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Global Asthma Report 2018

Global Asthma Report 2018

A new global campaign to combat asthma is being led by the Global Asthma Network.

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