Welcome message from the president

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

PATS was formed to create a representative African respiratory society for the continent and to address the high burden of respiratory illnesses in Africa. The overall aim of PATS is to promote lung health in Africa through education, training, research and advocacy.  Since the first election in 2011, PATS has grown, becoming a voice for lung health in Africa, undertaking educational, research and advocacy initiatives and building African capacity to address the challenges of improving lung health on the continent.  PATS currently has over 1,000 members from 56 different countries.

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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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PATS Congress - 2016

PATS Congress - 2016

Delegates to the PATS 2016 inaugural Congress in Nairobi, Kenya – a historic moment in the history of PATS.

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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 Spirometry Training Manual

PATS Spirometry Training Manual

The PATS Spirometry Training Manual is now available.  To view/download it, click on the image. 

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World TB Day

World TB Day

World TB Day on 24th March is an opportunity to highlight the burden of TB in Africa and the gaps in diagnosis, prevention and treatment.

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Young Investigators awarded grants for Congress 2018

Young Investigators awarded grants for Congress 2018

A total of 39 Young Investigators from Africa have been awarded grants to attend the PATS/SATS Congress 2018.

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Dr Joseph Aluoch named Honorary Member of The Union

Dr Joseph Aluoch named Honorary Member of The Union

Dr Joseph Aluoch was named an Honorary Member of The Union at the 48th Union World Conference on Lung Health held in Guadalajara, Mexico. 

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Congress 2018 Programme available

Congress 2018 Programme available

The Congress scientific programme is now available on the congress website.  The programmes for the various pre-congress skills building workshops are also available.  

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Young Investigator Awards available

Young Investigator Awards available

Awards are available for the best abstracts by Young Investigators for the PATS/SATS Congress 2018 taking place in Durban, 12-15 April 2018. 

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