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About AFEM: 

The African Federation for Emergency Medicine is an international association composed of African national emergency medicine organisations.  AFEM represents a co-ordinating consortium of these organisations.

Definition of Emergency Medicine

As per IFEM, Emergency medicine is a field of practice based on the knowledge and skills required for the prevention, diagnosis and management of acute and urgent aspects of illness and injury affecting patients of all age groups with a full spectrum of episodic undifferentiated physical and behavioural disorders; it further encompasses an understanding of the development of prehospital and in hospital emergency medical systems and the skills necessary for this development. 

Mission and Goals

The mission of the AFEM is to “promote at an African and international level interchange, understanding and coöperation among health care workers providing emergency care”.

AFEM should aim to be recognized as the international voice for quality emergency medical care in Africa.  The AFEM will carry out its activities as outlined in these bylaws.

President's Message

“Greetings from the African Federation for Emergency Medicine!

As your first elected president, it gives me great pleasure to welcome you to the website of AFEM.  Since the Federation was established, it has grown in strength enormously and remains committed to spreading the message of Emergency Medicine internationally.

As the Charter talks about every citizen’s right to receive emergency care by trained emergency care health professionals, one of the most important functions of the organization is to help countries in Africa develop emergency medical care, systems, and training programmes.  One way this aim can be achieved is by national Emergency Medicine organisations joining the AFEM in order to make the best use of shared resources on the continent.  The website gives information on the Federation’s governance and its functions.  We are in the process of evolution and your help in developing this site further will be most appreciated.  Please don’t hesitate to communicate with me or any of the officers.

With my warmest best wishes to all those who participate in providing emergency care.”

Lee Wallis 

President-- AFEM

South Africa

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