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FORMATION OF THE AFRICAN FEDERATION FOR EMERGENCY MEDICINE “SUPPORTING EMERGENCY CARE ACROSS AFRICA” November 26, 2009 at 12:00 noon CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA November 26, 2009. We are proud to announce the formation of the African Federation for Emergency Medicine (AFEM), dedicated to “Supporting Emergency Care Across Africa”.  Lee Wallis, President of the Emergency Medicine Society for South Africa (EMSSA), organized several meetings on this and other topics during the 2nd EMSSA “EM in the Developing World” Conference, held from 24-26 November, 2009, at the Cape Town International Conference Centre.

The AFEM will act as a formative, “umbrella” organization for all the existing and future African National EM Societies.  EMSSA is the largest national EM Society in Africa, but many more are in the early stages or are on the brink of formation, including Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Ethiopia and others.  AFEM is also proud to announce that they will accept as full members and / or member societies other health professionals and health professional societies, including EM nursing, EMT’s and paramedics, in recognition of the multi-lateral, multi-disciplinary, multi professional nature of emergency medicine and acute care.

The conference also saw the official formation of the Emergency Nursing Society of South Africa (ENSSA), as an equal-member sub-group of EMSSA, as a further reflection of our natural partnership with the specialty of emergency nursing.  The current AFEM interim Executive Committee of 9 elected persons will determine over the oncoming months the ultimate structure of AFEM; 5 initial committees (Identity; Governance, Membership, Terms of Reference and Services) were formed to assist in this most crucial phase.

The Formation of AFEM

The team at AFEM

A moment in history: The formation of the African Federation of Emergency Medicine (AFEM) at the 2009 EMSSA emergency medicine conference in Cape Town.

South Africa

South AfricaSouth Africa

EMSSA represents a group of enthusiastic healthcare professionals dedicated to the development of quality emergency care throughout South Africa. Emergency Medicine has only recently been recognized as an independent speciality, although this country has always had a large burden of patients presenting to our pre-hospital and hospital emergency services with experienced and passionate personnel rendering much needed care.



The Emergency Medicine Association of Tanzania (EMAT) was formed in May 2010  by doctors and nurses with active involvement in emergency care in Tanzania. The President is Dr Hendry Robert Sawe, of Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences(MUHAS)-Dar es salaam. The objective of EMAT is to Pioneer, promote and advocate for dissemination of emergency care in Tanzania, through Teaching, research and education of emergency care.



The Botswana Society for Emergency Care (BSEC) held it's foundational meeting in November 2010, and was officially registered as a society in Botswana in September 2011. BSEC's mission is to promote advocate for emergency care in Botswana through teaching, research, and education. BSEC liases with partners from EMSSA and AFEM, and supports the emergency medicine post-graduate training program at the University of Botswana School of Medicine. Since it's inception, BSEC has hosted seminars on emergency triage, pre-hospital care, and acute care needs in Botswana.



The Ethiopian Society of Emergency Medical Professionals was formed in 2012. The President is Dr Sisay Teklu, of Addis Ababa University. The objective of ESEP is to assist in development of hospital and Pre-Hospital emergency care.



LEMA will encourage and promote professional excellence, advance the science and practice of emergency medicine, and serve as an advocate for patients, their families, the public, the profession and the ER physicians. It will offer to the interdisciplinary team the necessary tools for the interaction with the critically ill patient and their families from a holistic perspective.



SEMPON held their inaugural scientific conference in September 2014, themed: "The State of Emergency Care in Nigeria: the Way Forward". The objective of the organisation is to evaluate the state of emergency care in Nigeria, and engineer cooperation and partnership among key stakeholders.



The president of the Egyptian Society for Emergency Medicine is Dr. Hussein Sabri. It was formed in 2012, and is dedicated to improving patient care by advancing the science and practice of emergency medicine. It is an interdisciplinary organisation whose members are involved in the provision of emergency care.