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Note: The Emergency Nursing Curriculum is complete, and was officially endorsed by AFEM at the African Conference on Emergency Medicine 2016 in Cairo. It is available for download here. 


Dear Emergency Nursing expert,

AFEM represents many countries, with the aim to strengthen emergency care in Africa. The Emergency Nursing Group, which I am currently leading, was set up within AFEM to facilitate the strengthening of emergency nursing in the region. Since our group was established we decided that in order for us to progress emergency nursing in Africa, we needed a common understanding and agreement of what an emergency nurse is and what he/she does in Africa. It is for this reason that we have developed this African Emergency Nursing Curriculum. 

We have consulted with many of our emergency nursing colleagues across Africa as well as internationally to develop this document. We are hoping that this document can be used to provide guidance to lead nurses/nurse academics in various countries in Africa to aid the further development of emergency nursing skills and competence in the continent of Africa. 

In order for this to happen it was vital that we hear from experts such as yourself, so as to establish the views of as many people and countries as possible. 

AFEM values your opinion on this matter and continue to be grateful to receive your emailed responses regarding the nature and content of the curriculum and how well the statements may meet local/national emergency nursing needs now and in the future. 

The final published document is available on this website, following the definitive pronouncement and endorsement of AFEM to guide the development of emergency nursing knowledge and skills competence throughout sub-Saharan Africa. This document will be reviewed and updated regularly. 

Thank you very much for your cooperation and I look forward to receiving your comments and suggestions. 


Ivy Muya
AFEM Nursing Committee Chair 


Petra Brysiewicz
Immediate past-Nursing Committee Chair


Download the curriculum: 

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.