Welcome message from The President

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. read more

Who we are?

PATS is a respiratory society made up of healthcare professionals from across the continent and beyond. Formed in 2003, we now reach over 1,000 healthcare professionals from 65 countries.

What We Do?

Africa is the continent most afflicted by morbidity and death from respiratory disease.  As well as the burden of pneumonia and HIV-related respiratory illness including TB, there is an increasing problem with asthma and tobacco related disease.

Members of the 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.

The goal of FIRS is to unify and enhance efforts to improve lung health through the combined work of its more than 70,000 members globally.  Heather Zar and Joseph Aluoch, representing PATS, are seen here at a recent meeting of FIRS where all member societies signed a global charter for lung health.
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PATS Constitution

The Pan African Thoracic Society members adopted a new Constitution at the General Assembly held during the PATS/SATS Congress 2018 in Durban, South Africa. The Constitution is registered in South Africa as part of the Society's registration as a Non-Profit Organisation (reference number 221-195-NPO)


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Our Partnering Societies


European Thoracic Society

British Thoracic Society


American Thoracic Society

South African Thoracic Society

Ethopian Thoracic Society

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