“Siza iAfrika iphefumule: Help Africa Breathe”

Welcome to the joint congress between The Pan African Thoracic Society (PATS) and The South African Thoracic Society to be held from 12th to 15th April 2018 in Durban, South Africa.

This is a very exciting event for PATS that will bring together health professionals from many African countries to address the challenges for child and adult lung health on the continent. Respiratory disease is a major cause of death, disability and morbidity in Africa, where there is a double burden of infectious diseases including pneumonia or tuberculosis and non-communicable diseases such as asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. The congress will offer the opportunity to critically discuss these challenges and to work together to strengthen initiatives to improve care, build capacity, strengthen research, training and advocacy for better lung health in Africa. We look forward to your participation!

Prof Heather Zar

President: PATS

Dear Colleagues,

On behalf of the South African Thoracic Society I would like to encourage you to attend the 2018 SATS/ PATS ( South African Thoracic Society/Pan African Thoracic Society) Joint Congress in Durban from the 12th to the 15th of April 2018. The congress will be hosted by SATS and PATS and the meeting will therefore also serve to replace the 20th National SATS Congress, the last congress having occurred in Century City in Cape Town in August 2017.

The combined congress will comprise several parallel tracks covering adult pulmonology, paediatric pulmonology, thoracic surgery, and physiotherapy, amongst others. There are several internationally renowned experts that have already confirmed their attendance. A thought-provoking programme is being planned with an appropriate session devoted to showcasing health priorities and challenges facing African pulmonologists, and showcasing research from Africa. A broad range of 'bread and butter' topics will be covered, and topical areas that will be discussed will include the use of electronic cigarettes, new combination inhalers, new drugs and diagnostics for TB, and advances in the management of interstitial lung disease, pulmonary vascular and thromboembolic diseases, and sleep medicine. New techniques and technologies such as medical lung volume surgery and bronchial thermoplasty will also be covered. There will be several pre-conference workshops, and an exciting array of events have been planned including a gala dinner, awards evening, evening entertainment, a comprehensive congress exhibition with many industry partners attending. Durban is an exotic and interesting city to visit with excellent connections to Cape Town and other cities in South Africa, and would be an ideal starting location for a back-to-back post-congress holiday.

On behalf of SATS I wish to extend a very warm welcome to delegates from the public and private sectors, and all our exhibitors and sponsors.

See you in April 2018! Don’t miss it!

Prof Keertan Dheda

President: South African Thoracic Society

Supported by

Congress Invitation

Dear friends and colleagues,

It is truly my honour to welcome you all to the 2nd Biennial Pan African Thoracic Society Congress in our beautiful city of Durban, South Africa. The theme for our congress is “Siza  iAfrika iphefumule: Help Africa Breathe” . This is reflected in our focus on the Triple threat of disease which includes: communicable diseases, non-communicable disease and globalization and their impact on lung health on the African continent.

After our first very successful congress in Nairobi, Kenya under the leadership of Professor Joseph Alouch, we hope to expand our reach and grow our society during this congress. The Pan African Thoracic Society seeks to be the premier society that brings together all Thoracic Societies in Africa under one umbrella, to improve our advocacy role and share locally relevant research and best practices across the African continent. To this aim we have an exciting program which has pre-congress skills building workshops on exciting topics which include: thoracic imaging, spirometry, paediatric tuberculosis, pollution and exposures/occupational lung disease and lung health research.

Alongside the program which has several plenaries by African and International experts on adult and paediatric as well as thoracic surgery topics. An innovation for the congress will also be introduction of French sessions embedded in the general program. We will also have a congress App with interactive sessions and a congress Facebook site for colleagues to post their comments.

Our sincere thanks for the support that was extended to PATS by the following societies: European Respiratory Society, American Thoracic Society, South African Thoracic Society, Federation of International Societies, The Union of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease.

I would also like to extend my sincere thanks to our excellent scientific committee both international and local, who have made a great contribution and without whom this would not be possible and for designing a fantastic and exciting program.

I hope that you will not only enjoy the fantastic program on offer, but will also enjoy our beautiful warm city of Durban, the home of uShaka! 

Prof Refiloe Masekela

Congress Convener: PATS 2018