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The South African Thoracic Society (SATS) is a professional society dedicated to the promotion of lung health in South Africa and Africa through education, training, research and advocacy. From a fledgling society, formed in 1972, SATS has grown to become the representative society for pulmonologists, paediatric pulmonologists, cardiothoracic surgeons and respiratory therapists in South Africa. SATS has 3 key focus areas:

1. Education and training

  • SATS has been active in establishing training requirements and curriculum for the sub-speciality of Pulmonology and Paediatric Pulmonology. Bi-annual accredited examinations in Pulmonology or Paediatric Pulmonology are held, to enable registration with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) as a sub-specialist.
  • A regular annual national congress is held which provides a forum for presentation of the latest research as well as didactic lectures and workshops.
  • SATS has produced and published national guidelines for several respiratory diseases in adults and children e.g. asthma, COPD & pneumonia
  • SATS is closely involved in the National Asthma Education program (NAEP) to improve asthma education for health care professionals and for the public
  • The South African Respiratory journal is the official journal of SATS, and is produced quarterly.

2. Research

SATS provides several research grants annually to support research on lung health and to promote the development of young researchers.
Several members of SATS are involved in state of the art research related to the major respiratory diseases in Africa such as asthma, COPD, pneumonia, tuberculosis and HIV-associated lung illnesses.

3. Advocacy

SATS is dedicated to the promotion of lung health for adults and children in South Africa and Africa. Regular public advocacy activities are conducted to draw awareness to the major respiratory illnesses, often linked to international advocacy days e.g. World asthma day, world pneumonia day. SATS is closely linked with the Pan African Thoracic Society (PATS) to promote lung health in Africa.
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World’s leading lung societies unite to call for improvements in healthcare. Experts from the world’s leading lung organisations have come together for the first time to call for a worldwide effort to improve healthcare policies.
Lung Health 2017
19 - 21 January 2017, Budapest.

SATS Annual Conference

23 - 25 August 2017, Cape Town.

President: Prof U Lalloo
Vice-President: Prof K Dheda
Secretary: Prof M Wong
Treasurer: Prof C Koegelenberg
Past President: Dr MS Abdool Gaffar