We strive to strengthen emergency care systems in Africa, through leading collaborative efforts and championing advocacy. We drive the strategic research agenda, provide guidance for education and training, and facilitate the development of sustainable policies and frameworks to strengthen emergency care systems in Africa.
Building resilient, effective emergency care systems in Africa requires a deliberate and comprehensive approach. At AFEM our approach has six components.
We’re strengthening emergency care across the continent.
Executive Management Team
President: Benjamin Wachira
Dr Benjamin W. Wachira (MBChB, Dip PEC, FCEM) is an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at the Aga Khan University, Nairobi. He is also the Founding Director of the Emergency Medicine Kenya Foundation, an organisation dedicated to the development of evidence-based universal emergency care in Kenya through education, research and advocacy. As President of AFEM, he hopes to unite the voices of emergency care providers from across the continent to collectively define emergency care in Africa.
Treasurer: Sithembile Mtombeni
Dr. Sithembile Mtombeni MBChB, MSc (Med Education), MBA (Healthcare), FCEM (SA), Mmed (EM) is a Specialist in Emergency Medicine. She is passionately dedicated and sincerely driven to advocate for and empower communities and medical practitioners to save lives through advanced and rational education in clinical emergency care that is underpinned by effective clinical governance, backed by sound operational research.
COO: Lee Wallis
Professor Lee Wallis (MBChB, MD, FCEM) was the founding president of AFEM, and currently serves as the President of the International Federation for Emergency Medicine (IFEM). In the Western Cape, he is responsible for clinical governance for the provincial EMS system. As Chief Operating Officer of AFEM, he is excited to use his expertise in clinical governance, systems development, and research to build strong emergency care systems across Africa.
Vice President: Joe Bonney
Dr. Joe Bonney completed the European Masters of Disaster Medicine in 2019 and has been accepted in the International Doctoral Program in Global Health, Humanitarian Aid and Disaster Medicine. He is a Specialist Emergency Physician at Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH), and heads the Research Unit of his Department.
President Elect: Annet Alenyo
Dr Annet Alenyo Ngabirano MBCHB(MUST), MScDisMed(EMDM), MMedEM(SUN), FCEM(SA) is a Ugandan Emergency Physician. Her career has taken her from medical school in rural Uganda to working in Uganda’s public and private facilities, training as an Emergency Physician in South Africa’s public system and currently supporting faculty at the EM Residency program at Makerere University. She believes African emergency healthcare can, should and will be better.
University Hospital of Bern, Switzerland: Dr. Aristomenis Exadaktylos
Professor Aristomenis Exadaktylos, MD, MSc., FRCEM is Chairman, Clinical Director and Professor at the University Hospital of Bern, Department of Emergency Medicine Inselspital Bern. As a Professor, he is a recipient of many international awards and grants for his contributions and discoveries in major area of research and for his philanthropic work. He currently serves as the co-president of the Swiss Society of Emergency Medicine and Rescue Medicine and is the founder of the South African - Swiss center for excellence in emergency medicine www.ceem.info, which supports emergency medicine worldwide.
We are a network of over 2,000 members
From 25 different countries
16 AFFILIATE ORGANISATIONS
- 37 Military Hospital Critical Care Nurses Group
- Association de Medecine d’Urgence du Congo Kinshasa (AMUCK)
- ATA International
- Destination Medicine
- Egyptian Resuscitation Council
- Emergency Care Society of South Africa
- Emergency Medicine Kenya Foundation (EM Kenya)
- Forum for Associate Specialist and Staff Grade Doctors in
- Emergency Medicine
- Global Emergency Care
- Heal Africa
- Medline Angola
- Uganda Ambulance Service
- Yaounde Emergency Centre (CURY)
10 NATIONAL SOCIETIES
- Association de Médecine d’Urgence de la République Démocratique du Congo (AMURDC)
- Egyptian Society for Emergency Medicine (EgSEM)
- Ethiopian Society for Emergency Professionals (ESEP)
- Society of Emergency Medicine Practitioners of Nigeria (SEMPON)
- Libyan Emergency Medicine Association (LEMA)
- Emergency Medicine Society of South Africa (EMSSA)
- Sudanese Emergency Physicians Association (SEPA)
- Rwanda Emergency Care Association (RECA)
- Emergency Medicine Association of Tanzania (EMAT)
- Zimbabwe Emergency Medicine Society (ZEMS)