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 65 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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COVID-19 resources

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered coronavirus called 'SARS-CoV-2' (previously referred to as 2019-nCoV).

The World Health Organization (WHO) has compiled further resources in order to provide updated information as clinical findings become available.

To see updated information regarding confirmed cases globally access the Dashboard.

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Latest News

Update on Diagnosis of Respiratory Infections Webinar

Update on Diagnosis of Respiratory Infections Webinar

PATS will be hosting the 'Update on Diagnosis of Respiratory Infections' webinar on 24 November 2020.

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World COPD Day 2020

World COPD Day 2020

18 November is World COPD Day. 

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PATS and ERS Paediatric webinar: Non-CF Bronchiectasis

PATS and ERS Paediatric webinar: Non-CF Bronchiectasis

PATS and ERS will be cohosting a series of paediatric webinars, starting with Non-CF Bronchiectasis: diagnostic approach and management on 19 January 2021. 

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World Pneumonia Day webinar

World Pneumonia Day webinar

PATS will be hosting the 'Pneumonia and the COVID-19 Pandemic in Africa' webinar on 11 November 2020.

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ERS Virtual School on lung transplantation

ERS Virtual School on lung transplantation

Registration is open for the basic and advanced editions of the European Respiratory Society (ERS) Virtual school on lung transplantation. The basic and advanced editions will take place on 19 and 26 November, respectively.

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African Paediatric Lung Function Working Group meets

African Paediatric Lung Function Working Group meets

The African Infant and Preschool Lung Function Working Group held their virtual meeting in October 2020.

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