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Support a Delegate (supadel)

Supadel is a unique AFEM initiative that sponsors the attendance of delegates from low and middle income countries at AFEM-affiliated conferences on African soil. The program has been operational for nearly five years, and in this time has allowed numerous Emergency Care professionals without the financial means to attend high quality acute care conferences throughout the continent.

How it works: Supadel is a peer-to-peer sponsorship program. Conference delegates or other donors financially support their peers from African low to middle income countries either by adding some percentage to their own conference registration fee, or by donating securely online through our Givengain site. Supadel offers partial sponsorships, which cover registration costs and accommodation. Sponsored delegates are expected to contribute to their attendance by financing their own travel expenses. 

Why? AFEM's annual consensus conferences and biennial African Conferences on Emergency Medicine act as crucial mechanisms for the two-way exchange of information on topics of interest between African and international acute care professionals. The conferences concentrate and display the results of successful initiatives in acute and emergency care for attending delegates via poster and oral presentations, preconference workshops, plenary meetings, and networking opportunities. Without Supadel, numerous delegates from conferences past would have missed out on access to these valuable resources for furthering their practice and advancing emergency care development in their region. As an organisation committed to addressing the need for systems development and training across Africa, and particularly in resource-poor areas, it is one of AFEM's top priorities to ensure access to the best information and opportunities for all African stakeholders in acute and emergency medicine development, regardless of their ability to pay. 

Learn even more, and help us promote Supadel.

Make a contribution:

Supadel accepts donations year-round for upcoming conferences. Here are two easy ways to contribute: 

1. While registering for your own conference attendance, simply add a donation to the value of your registration cost, either as some percentage of the fee or a fixed amount. 
2. If you are not attending a conference, or would like to donate a larger amount, click the secure link below. This will whisk you away to, our crowdfunding website. Simply enter "supadel"in the message line as well as the amount you'd like to give. 

The majority of donations we receive are in the range of USD50-200.  

Donors are also able to request the identity of the delegate they helped to get involved in their work. 


Apply for Sponsorship:

You may apply for Supadel sponsorship if you have a passport from an LMIC country and will be living and earning in any LMIC country at the time of the conference. You must also work in the public health sector to be eligible. Unfortunately, sponsorship for AfCEM cannot be extended to students. Sponsorship will cover the conference registration fees, workshop registration (pending availability), conference dinner, and shared accommodation with another delegate for the duration of the conference. It will not cover travel costs, daily allowance, or any other expense. 

You will need: 

  1. A current resume/ CV
  2. A narrative self- motivation for sponsorship.  This motivation should contain detail regarding the current work you do in emergency care, what you plan to do at the conference (e.g. present a poster, abstract, etc.), why you believe it is important to attend and how you'll disseminate knowledge gained at the conference.  A minimum of 300 and maximum of 600 words are allowed
  3. A narrative employer-motivation for sponsorship.  This motivation should confirm your current employment and your employer's support to attend and should be on the letterheaded paper of your employer
  4. Two references that can attest to your work, each containing a contact email and the referee's original signature
  5. Proof of residence (e.g. utility bill, bank statement containing your name and address)
  6. Photo page of your passport

Applicants are reviewed by the Supadel committee on a monthly basis right until one month before the conference. Preference is given, but not restricted, to delegates who successfully applied to on a previous round in which Supadel was unable to get funding to support the sponsorship, and to delegates who have not received Supadel sponsorship in the last 12 months leading up to the conference. 


Note: Applicants who have previously received Supadel support, but did not attend the related conference, without justification or prior notification to the Supadel team, will not be considered for sponsorship. 


More from our sponsored delegates: 

“...AfCEM was for me the best moment in my life. It was my first conference in which I attended. I learned many things there. [For example], I learned about the pregnant mama who is bleeding, how to take care of her and so on...other things that made me happy were the best qualities I saw in many of the people there: love and kindness. Thank you for this; I wish another day to attend another conference like this!..." -AfCEM2014 delegate (DRC)

"... I'm so glad I was sponsored to attend this gathering of emergency and acute care health professionals in Africa. Addis Ababa was simply fantastic: nice city, current EM updates, networking and ideas for research. Many thanks to my sponsors..." -AfCEM2014 delegate (Ghana)


“...Since its inception (of which I am proud to have been directly involved), AFEM has shown enormous support towards my endeavors in developing my skills in Emergency Medicine. Coming from a work setting with low resources, the Federation has given me excellent opportunities to learn and share my experiences through these conferences, such as the one recently held in Addis Ababa..." -AfCEM2014 delegate (Kenya) 

 "This conference and scholarship came at a time when myself and a few colleagues had just formed a Voluntary group to push for improved Emergency Medical Care in Uganda (Emergency medicine Uganda). Therefore, attending my first Emergency Medicine Conference gave me the chance to interact with people of like-minds-It is such a refreshing feeling!!! I learned a lot about what Emergency Medicine actually means especially in my context, heard about new researches, shared experiences in Emergency Care and what is happening in other countries, brain stormed on ideas and so much more. And the traveler in me got to see and enjoy Addis Ababa!! It was a wonderful first Emergency Medicine conference and I look forward to many more and the hope they carry for the growth of Emergency Medicine in Africa" - AfCEM2014 delegate (Uganda)

South Africa

South AfricaSouth Africa

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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.



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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.



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