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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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

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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World AIDS Day 2018

World AIDS Day 2018

1 December 2018 is World AIDS Day. 

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World COPD Day 2018

World COPD Day 2018

21 November 2018 is World COPD Day. 

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Global TB Network and Consilium established

Global TB Network and Consilium established

GTN linking together clinicians, public health experts, patients, civil society, scientific societies, major organizations, WHO, Union as well as donors and pharma.

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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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