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

PATS Webinar 28 May 2020

PATS Webinar 28 May 2020

PATS is hosting the second webinar titled 'Challenges of managing respiratory disease in Covid-19 pandemic in Africa'

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PATS Webinar 4 June 2020

PATS Webinar 4 June 2020

PATS is joining ATS for the 'Global Perspectives on COVID-19 webinar' Africa edition. 

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PATS Webinar 19 May 2020

PATS Webinar 19 May 2020

PATS is hosting a webinar titled 'Challenges of managing respiratory disease in Covid-19 pandemic in Africa'

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PATS Webinar 8 May 2020

PATS Webinar 8 May 2020

PATS is hosting a webinar titled 'The challenges of the COVID 19 Pandemic in Africa'

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PATS Webinar 5 May 2020

PATS Webinar 5 May 2020

PATS is hosting another webinar titled 'COVID 19 and Respiratory Diseases: An African Perspective'.

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PATS Webcast 23 April 2020

PATS Webcast 23 April 2020

PATS is hosting a webinar titled 'COVID 19 and Respiratory Diseases: An African Perspective'.

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