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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Latest News

World AIDS Day 2019

World AIDS Day 2019

1 December is World AIDS Day.

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World COPD Day 2019

World COPD Day 2019

20 November is World COPD Day.

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World Pneumonia Day 2019

World Pneumonia Day 2019

12 November is World Pneumonia Day.

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PATS MECOR 2020 Save the Date

PATS MECOR 2020 Save the Date

PATS MECOR 2020 will take place on 20 - 24 April 2020 in Cameroon.  Applications will open soon.

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PATS at ERS 2019

PATS at ERS 2019

PATS recently attended the ERS International Congress which took place from 28 September to 2 October in Madrid, Spain.

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World Lung Day 2019

World Lung Day 2019

World Lung Day on 25th September is an important day for African health.

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