The Pan African Thoracic Society is a major professional organization representing Lung Health in Africa. Africa carries a disproportionally high burden of respiratory morbidity and mortality relative to the population size. In Africa infectious diseases are still a major cause of death including; pneumonia, tuberculosis and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) associated respiratory diseases. Coupled with this, the increasing burden on non-communicable respiratory diseases including asthma and COPD which are said to overtake infectious diseases in Africa by 2030.
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.