The Pan African Burn Society (PABS) was founded on May 17th, 2004 in Cape Town, South Africa, as a scientific society whose members were almost exclusively from English-speaking African countries at the time. The First President of the Society was Dr. Elbie van der Merwe who was the head of the Tygerberg Hospital Burns Unit and the Secretary was Dr. Ina Steenkamp. Drs van der Merwe and Steenkamp were replaced by Drs. Richard Nnabuko and Okechukwu Onumaegbu as PABS President and Secretary respectively in November 2013.
- to improve the overall care of the many burn victims in Africa
- to ensure adequate training of practitioners that support it
- to sensitize governments and target populations on burns in Africa - a scourge which requires effective public education and awareness.
- to cooperate, with efforts of the international community, so that management of burns in Africa can be in line with the WHO's guidelines and recommendations which have accepted burns as a public health problem.
- South Africa, May 2004
- Egypt, January 2007
- Nigeria, December 2008
- South Africa, February 2011
- Ghana, November 2013
- Cote d’Ivoire, May 2015 (First to be bilingual in scope)