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Goals of AFEM

1. Exchange information on topics of African and international interest
2. Provide a mechanism for African and international collaborative research
3. Provide a mechanism for African and international elective opportunities for trainees in African emergency medicine programs
4. Provide an avenue for African and international sabbatical and exchange opportunities for practitioners of emergency medicine
5. Act as a forum for common problems and approaches to solving problems specific to emergency medicine and the delivery of emergency care in Africa
6. Offer advice and guidance to African emergency care providers in the formation of national associations and training and certification programs
7. Provide a network system of centers to facilitate African cooperation in the event of national or man made disasters
8. Organize an African conference on topics of interest in emergency medicine every 2 years
9. Act as a resource in the development of emergency medical services (out-of-hospital care)
10. Provide support for public education programs related to emergency medicine.
11. Provide policy recommendations on international, public and governmental issues related to emergency medicine.

AFEM supports and endorses the following principles:

1. All countries should provide unrestricted access to emergency health care

2. Emergency medicine encompasses a unique and specified body of knowledge and should be recognized as a distinct independent medical specialty in all

3. The development of the emergency care systems should involve and recognise the valuable contributions from across the full continuum of pre-hospital
    care, primary health care practitioners, doctors, nurses and other allied health professionals.

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.