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26 Jan 2017 New Emergency Medicine Division at Makerere University, Uganda!

AFEM is very excited to announce the start of the Emergency Medicine Division at Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda. The School of Medicine Board approved the Division on 24 January, 2017. It will initially fall under the school's Department of Anesthesia, in the hopes of becoming a Department of Emergency Medicine in the future. 

A lot of hard work went into seeing this to fruition, and we offer our sincerest congratulations to all of our Ugandan partners and stakeholders. 

12 Dec 2016 AFEM Welcomes New Members

AFEM would like to offer an official, warm welcome to our newest Ex-Officio member organisations and companies. All are stakeholders in African Emergency Care development, and we are excited to collaborate with them on future projects:

Centre des Urgences de Yaoundé (CURY), Cameroon

ATA International

The DR Congo's Ministry of Health EM Working Group, or Association de Médecine d'Urgence du Congo Kinshasa

Click the title for a short description of each member. 

21 Oct 2016 Novel EM system launched for island populations of Lake Victoria, Kenya

 The Organic Health Response, with the Ekialo Kiona Center, has initiated a novel approach to improve access to acute care on Mfangano Island, Kenya.  The recently piloted and expanded Health Navigation program has demonstrated great success in linking patients to emergency care services.  

In the Health Navigation Program, community health workers are trained to be “Health Navigators.” Health Navigator responsibilities include:

-          Providing first-aid
-          Coordinating the swift response of a motorbike and locally built emergency boat
-          Communicating advanced notice to mainland facilities
-          Ensuring each patient reaches definitive care and receives adequate follow-up

The program has trained over 20 Community Health Workers based on a curriculum adapted from AFEM and conducted by clinical officers from the Kenyan Ministry of Health... Click on the title ^ to keep reading! 

07 Sep 2016 UCT Emergency Medicine MPhil programme: Now accepting applications

UCT offers an exciting and popular non-specialist master’s degree program in Emergency Medicine, with many successful graduates around the country and continent. The course is open to degree qualified medical practitioners, nurses and paramedics with suitable Emergency Care Experience. 

11 Aug 2016 Opportunity for EM physician with MSF (Brussels)

Our colleagues at Doctors Without Borders are hiring an Emergency and Intensive Care Advisor to provide technical support and strategic guidance on medical issues to the Operation Department (OPS). S/he will provide support in the domain of emergency medicine and intensive care to: Other experts in the MED; Cells' medical officers in the OPS; and the mission's medical coordinators and the teams in the field. 

Please click the title to view the full announcement, and contact MSF directly with any questions. 

05 Jul 2016 Two African EM Development Organisations Looking to Hire EM Physicians

The Kings Sierra Leone Partnership in Sierra Leone, and the Global Emergency Care Collaborative in Uganda, are each looking for EM Physicians willing to work with them for a one year contract. More information is available on our Facebook page, as well as through their websites: KSLP:, and GECC: Don't miss out on a very cool opportunity to get involved!

28 Jun 2016 New AfJEM submission platform

The African Journal of Emergency Medicine (AFEM's academic journal) has just migrated to EVISE, a new manuscript submission platform. The platform is more streamlined and meant to ease the authors' submission process, but please bear with us through the transition! Learn more or submit a manuscript at


20 Jun 2016 Call for Applications - Inaugural Trauma & Injury Research in Africa Workshop!

Are you an early career trauma and injury researcher from Egypt, South Africa, or the UK? Do you have an interest in gaining mentorship and research skills, and joining a collaborative, multi-national network of researchers? You may be a candidate for the inaguaral Trauma & Injury Research in Africa Workshop! 

Successful applicants will receive funding to travel to and participate in a 3-day workshop in Cairo, Egypt, from 10-12 November 2016, running in conjunction with the 2016 African Conference on Emergency Medicine. 

Check out the documents below for additional information on the workshop and eligibility requirements. Please note that all applications must be submitted to by 30 June 2016. 

20 May 2016 Exciting news for AFEM and emergency care development in Africa...

The Institute for Global Emergency Care has been formed! 

12 May 2016 Consensus process establishes a definition of a Medical Emergency

As a first step towards defining the scope of the emergency care system (i.e. who should be able to access it, and under what circumstances), a definition of a medical emergency was required.

This definition was the result of a core working group (3 people) and a 138-person consensus input process. Everyone had the opportunity for verbal input; around 35% of participants chose to make written inputs in addition.

The agreed definition is:

Emergency health conditions are those requiring rapid intervention to avert death or disability, and those for which treatment delays of hours or less make interventions less effective. Concern that such a condition exists requires urgent assessment.

11 May 2016 AFEM 2015-2016 Annual Report available for download

AFEM's 2015-2016 annual report was printed and distributed at ICEM this past April. If you missed out, not to worry! The digital copy is available for download right here: 

26 Apr 2016 AFEM 2016 Consensus Conference is a wrap!

AFEM's 3rd Consensus Conference was held on 22 April, 2016 in Cape Town, S Africa, following the International Conference on Emergency Medicine. 150 delegates helped create and revise output in three working groups: 

  1. Out of Hospital Emergency Care, where quality indicators and accreditation criteria for OHEC systems will be discussed;
  2. Clinical quality indicators of facility based emergency care, where context appropriate quality frameworks and indicators will be examined;
  3. Geographic Function of specialist Emergency Physicians, where the key functions of emergency physicians in various contexts will be approached.

Results, including output, photos, and minutes, will be disseminated in the coming weeks. Thank you to all who participated!

21 Mar 2016 AFEM is hiring: Apply today for AFEM's Business Development Internship!

AFEM is searching for an outstanding candidate to support the business development initiatives for its growing non-profit organisation. Want to join our dynamic team? Apply now! 

15 Mar 2016 Application open: AFEM/EMAT 2016-2017 Administrative Development Internship!

AFEM is hiring! We're currently looking for one outstanding applicant for a one year administrative development internship in Dar es Salaam with the Emergency Medicine Association of Tanzania. Please spread the news! 

14 Mar 2016 2016 Rwanda Emergency Care Association Conference

AFEM is thrilled to announce the date of the first-ever Rwanda Emergency Care Association Conference. RECA 2016 will be held on 26 August 2016 with the theme of “Emergency Care in a Thousand Hills”. The conference will be held in conjunction with a two week intensive "Emergency Medicine in The Tropics" course running from 22 August to 2 September. 

06 Dec 2015 AFEM Welcomes New Executive Committee

Congratulations and a very warm welcome to the new members of AFEM's Executive Committee, who were voted in as of November 2015: 

Vice President: Dr Mundenga Mutendi Muller, DR Congo
Secretary: Ivy Muya, Kenya
Treasurer: Dr Chris Stein, South Africa
We wish them well and anticipate productive work and progress under their leadership!
12 Oct 2015 AFEM toolkit for Emergency Care Advocacy-- available!

Following repeated requests for advocacy support, AFEM have been working very hard to prepare a toolkit of Emergency Care advocacy materials. We are delighted to announce that these are now ready for dissemination!

09 Oct 2015 Rapid Assessment Protocol posters- French coming soon!
AFEM has created laminated sets of Rapid Assessment Protocol posters. These flowchart-style diagrams are designed to match the RAPs located in the AFEM Handbook on Emergency Care, and they can act as a great quick reference for a number of common presentations in the ED. 
Purchase a spiral-bound set of 23 A3-sized laminated posters for USD60 by contacting
Coming soon: pocket-sized (A5) RAPs sets, and the full set of 23 RAPs, poster or pocket-sized, in FRENCH. Stay tuned! 
07 Oct 2015 Open Position: AFEM/EMAT Administrative Intern 2016

AFEM/EMAT is seeking one outstanding candidate for a 1-year internship to support the clinical education management structure for a rapidly expanding emergency medicine program in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Interns receive housing and a living stipend, and will be based at Muhimbili National Hospital from January-December, 2016. Go to "Get Involved"> "Intern with AFEM" to apply. 

23 Jun 2015 ICEM 2016 abstract submission is open!

Abstract submission are now open for the International Conference on Emergency Medicine (ICEM) 2016 in Cape Town. Please visit for more information!

La soumission des résumés est maintenant ouvertes pour la Conference Internationale de la Médecine d'Urgence 2016 qui aura lieu au Cap, Afrique de Sud. Veuillez visiter pour plus d'informations!

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.