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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

PATS at ATS 2018

PATS at ATS 2018

PATS President Dr Joe Aluoch is attending ATS 2018 in San Diego.

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PATS MECOR 2018

PATS MECOR 2018

The PATS MECOR 2018 course recently took place in Durban, South Africa.

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AJRM March 2018 Issue

AJRM March 2018 Issue

The African Journal of Respiratory Medicine (AJRM) March 2018 issue is available. 

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Healthy Lungs for Life Durban events

Healthy Lungs for Life Durban events

Pan African Thoracic Society Healthy Lungs for Life feedback from Durban, South Africa, 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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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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