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