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 915 members from 53 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 915 members from 53 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

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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PATS Spirometry Training hosted in Uganda in November 2017

PATS Spirometry Training hosted in Uganda in November 2017

A PATS Spirometry Training course was recently hosted in Kampala, Uganda in partnership with the Uganda Thoracic Society (UTS).

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Prof Heather Zar selected as a 2018 L'Oréal-UNESCO Women in Science Laureate

Prof Heather Zar selected as a 2018 L'Oréal-UNESCO Women in Science Laureate

Prof Heather Zar, President of PATS, has been selected to receive the 2018 L'Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Award in life sciences on 22 March 2018 in Paris.

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World Pneumonia Day

World Pneumonia Day

Stop Pneumonia: Strengthen strategies to protect, prevent and treat pneumonia. 

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Dr Jeremiah Chakaya Muhwa elected President of The Union

Dr Jeremiah Chakaya Muhwa elected President of The Union

Dr Jeremiah Chakaya Muhwa, member of PATS, was recently elected as the new President of The International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Union).

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