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AFEM and the Digital African Health Library

20 Oct 2014

The Digital African Health Library (DAHL) is an exciting initiative of the Institute of Family Medicine in Nairobi, Kenya, and the University of Nairobi. It is a smartphone based resource, meant to be used by rural African primary care doctors in resource-constrained settings. It contains health information that can be downloaded onto a smartphone to inform decision-making at the point of care, and is designed to side-step the challenges associated with downloading large files in areas where internet may be poor or nonexistant. These large resource files are instead placed on an Android-based smartphone using computer transfer or a microSD memory card. 

Recognising the AFEM Handbook as a comprehensive guide to emergency care services in Africa, the makers of DAHL have formally asked that the Handbook be included on their Resource List. Physicians practising in rural areas will be able to consult vast amounts of acute care material at the touch of a button! It will also be used as a core resource for the new family medicine residency in Kenya at Kabarak University. AFEM and DAHL share the goal of improving access to accurate, quality health resources throughout the continent, and we're honoured to be a new integral part of this initiative! 

For more information on the AFEM Handbook, please click here. For the full story on the Digital African Health Library, click here. Finally, if you still need to register your handbook, click here.

South Africa

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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.