The Africa Desk

Published on February 7, 2013
News from the African Federation for Emergency Medicine (AFEM)

Emergency care is slowly but surely getting onto the radar of governments and other stakeholders in the region, with several recent noteworthy developments to bring to your attention.

In Ethiopia, the Black Lion Emergency Department continues its successful collaboration with the university of Wisconsin and Toronto University, with its first class of residents making excellent progress through their training. The Ministry of Health has recently invested in several hundred new ambulances, in addition to piloting bicycle ambulances in the rural regions, and is embarking on an ambitious plan to train 5000 EMTs in the coming years.

The Ethiopian Society of Emergency Medicine Professionals was recently formed, and is hosting its first conference in Addis Ababa in early October (details are on the website:

Excellent progress continues to be made in Uganda towards the development of the first EM residency programme. More details are available if you are keen to find out.

The African Federation for Emergency Medicine hosts its first conference in Ghana in late October (www.; the first 120 locally trained EMTs will be attending, in proud recognition of the advances in pre-hospital care in that country.

AFEM is also making great progress in the development of a one-year programme in emergency care, aimed at General Practitioners in the region. All content for the curriculum will be open source online.

The first East Africa regional meeting on emergency medicine will be held on 3-4 December in Dar es Salaam, hosted by the Muhimbili Emergency Medical Department and supported by Abbott Fund Tanzania. The aim of the meeting is establish a regional federation for resource-sharing and coordination of emergency care efforts. Contact for more information.

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