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AFEM Presentation Bank User Guide

Important: If this is your first time accessing the Presentation Bank, please read this entire page before continuing. 


 Welcome to the AFEM Presentation Bank. This collection of slide presentations corresponds to the Didactic Core of the AFEM Curriculum. 

Presentations were authored and edited by Emergency Medicine specialists with significant experience in African emergency care education and system development. Presentations are neither exhaustive nor perfect, but aim to cover the basics of critical or common emergency presentations. They are designed to be easily adapted and specified to a particular setting, and we encourage teachers to add context-specific material and key points from their own practice to tailor the presentations to their environment.

While lectures are complete and may be given directly in downloaded form, we suggest that some attempt be made to contextualise them. Bank beta-users suggest that learner attention and satisfaction may be improved by regarding the lectures as skeletons and reviewing, adapting, or expanding upon them as required. Suggested resources include the AFEM Handbook, upon which the lectures are heavily based;; and We strongly encourage using the presentations for interactive teaching rather than lecturing, and, when possible and appropriate, recommend assigning reading or listening “homework” for trainees prior to teaching. For the certificate trainee, simply pre-reading the corresponding AFEM Handbook chapter or viewing a basic YouTube training video may be adequate. For the higher-level trainee, ample high-quality open-access, online Emergency Medicine education resources serve this purpose.

The AFEM-PB is open-source under a share-alike creative commons license ( All images included in the AFEM-PB are open-source.  While slides can be freely changed, the AFEM acknowledgement slide must be retained when presenting the work. 

The AFEM-PB will be reviewed regularly; see updates on this website.  However, the editorial board may not always be able to keep up with the rapid advances in Emergency Medicine, and sometimes presentations may be incomplete or lag behind fundamental changes in practice.

A note on the current version of the Bank: 

At this time, several presentations are awaiting open access images. These are clearly marked with red text to allow for insertion of the relevant image from any available source. Over time, these will be replaced with open access images, so please update your files regularly.

A note on our approach to the paediatric patient: 

The care of the ill or injured child is an integral part of emergency care practice, and is integrated throughout this curriculum. Most disease specific topics, such as malaria, for example, cover both children and adults, noting critical aspects of paediatric-specific management. For a set of key syndromes, where the differential, diagnosis and management requires an entirely distinct approach in children-- wheezing and abnormal gait, as examples-- we have created a dedicated Paediatric section. In addition, for critical conditions requiring time-dependent intervention, dedicated Paediatric Rapid Assessment Protocols appear in the Keystone section. 

If you find errors or have any questions, comments, or suggestions, please contact We would appreciate your input to help make the Bank better.


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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.