Lung Health Africa

New initiative in Lung Health Africa

Cambridge-Africa are delighted to support the Pan African Thoracic Society (PATS) Methods in Epidemiologic, Clinical and Operational Research (MECOR) Programme. PATS is a respiratory society that 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. Cambridge-Africa is a natural partner to PATS given our long track record in research capacity strengthening and broad networks. This work is underpinned by a generous philanthropic donation by the Aldama Foundation.

PATS MECOR is co-directed by Professor Refiloe Masekela at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. You can read more about Prof Masekela here and about the PATS-MECOR programme on this external page. 

Building on this new partnership, we aim to develop a broader research programme in Lung Health, connecting colleagues and opportunities across Africa and in Cambridge, where a new Heart and Lung Research Institute, has recently opened. Professor Kevin Mortimer - a clinical director of Respiratory Medicine and leading Global Lung Health researcher - has been helping us to drive this agenda forward.