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Membership of AFEM is open to individuals or societies working in or interested in supporting Emergency Care across the platform, in Africa.

Individual Membership

Membership may be obtained on an individual basis by completing the online application form or contacting the federation administration.

Full membership: US$15
Allows full access to AFEM services and resources + voting rights and positions on boards and committees

Associate membership: US$ 8
Allows access to AFEM services and resources but no voting rights or positions on boards or committees

Membership Forms

Payments should be made directly into the AFEM bank account in South Africa (held on behalf of AFEM by EMSSA).

Account Name: EMSSA
Bank: Standard Bank
Branch: Northcliff Branch
Branch Code: 006-305
Account No: 200-491-350
Swift Code: SBZAZAJJ
Reference: (AFEM – Your Surname)

Proof of payment may be sent via email: or faxed to +27 21 949 7925

Membership cards will be posted to the given address on the application form.

Society Membership

Societies or interest groups involved in Emergency Care may apply to become members of AFEM.

Member Societies:

These are local, regional or national societies or interest groups in Africa involved or invested in Emergency Care in Africa. These societies pay membership fees and their members are entitled to access AFEM resources. Member Societies each have one seat on the board with voting rights.

Member Society: US$80 plus $1 per member

NOTE: Applications must be accompanied by an application fee equivalent to one year’s annual subscription. In the event that the application is unsuccessful, 50% of the fee will be refunded. Applicants may apply for a waiver of the application fee by completing a waiver form.

Ex-Officio Societies:

These are organisations or groups involved or interested in emergency care in Africa who are invited or apply to be part of the federation. Nominations for invitation may be put forward by any full member. Ex-Officio status will be decided on merit by the executive committee. These societies do not have to pay AFEM membership fees but may be asked to sponsor projects in AFEM depending on their resources. Ex-Officio Societies may sit on boards and committees but have no voting rights. No costs related to conferences or meetings will be covered by the federation.

Ex-Officio society: no cost

Application for membership should be made in writing on the society application form (see website). Additional documentation supporting the category for which the application is made should be provided.
The deadline to submit such applications will be at least 90 days prior to an agreed upon regular meeting (see website calender).

Any organisation applying for Full or Ex-Officio membership must send an appointed representative knowledgeable about the organisation and the country to a regular Board meeting at which the vote on this membership will occur. If such a representative is not present at the AFEM Board meeting, the Board may decide not to approve the application.

The Board will review all applications for membership and decide on the acceptance and category of membership for all new members. Final acceptance for any new member will be by approval of at least two thirds of all members of the Board eligible to vote.

Term of Membership

Membership is valid for 1 year from time of registration.


Any member may resign from the AFEM by giving written notice to the Board.


Any AFEM member who wishes to change their category of membership may do so by making a written application to the Board and providing appropriate documentation for the category of application. If the change in category is not approved, the member will retain their previous membership category.

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.