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Welcome to 2019

The African Federation for Emergency Medicine (AFEM), founded in November 2009, represents a broad coalition of national societies, organizations, and individuals across Africa and beyond with a keen interest in African emergency care.

Working across the continent, we strive to strengthen emergency care systems in Africa, through leading collaborative efforts and championing advocacy. By appreciating the diversity across the 54 countries and by harnessing the great experiences of local healthcare providers and local organisations, AFEM endeavours to develop collaborative, comprehensive, and cross-cutting emergency care systems across the continent that are tailored to the local context and within the available resources.

To date, AFEM has produced a large number of resources for emergency care providers across the continent that are Africa-specific for example, the AFEM Handbook of Acute and Emergency Care now in its second edition and the African Journal of Emergency Medicine (AfJEM), AFEM’s official journal that publishes original research, reviews, case reports, reports of scientific investigations, and commentary on topics of importance to emergency care in Africa.

Our materials are almost entirely open source and provide guidance for leadership development, education and training, advocacy, and policy. Many of our resources have been written and reviewed by global leaders in emergency care and have contributed significantly global emergency care resources produced by the World Health Organisation (WHO).

The biannual African Conference on Emergency Medicine is the only scientific conference that brings together stakeholders in emergency care across Africa. The first conference was held in November 2012 in Accra, Ghana and has subsequently been held in Ethiopia (2014), Egypt (2016), Rwanda (2018) and the next one is scheduled for Kenya in November 2020.

Emergency care in Africa has definitely seen significant advancements in the past several years thanks to the generous support of donors and volunteers for many of our projects and programmes. Donations remain crucial for the production and dissemination of the AFEM resources and also support healthcare providers from countries across Africa continue to make progress in African emergency care.

There is still a lot of work to be done and AFEM continues to develop more resources and create the links across the continent and beyond for us to achieve an Africa where high-quality emergency care is realised for all.

For more information about AFEM and our activities, check out our website, www.afem.africa or contact us at programs@afem.info. You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter @afemafrica

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