Background History of SEMPON

Nigeria’s Premier Emergency Medicine Society. A non-profit and scientific platform for all stakeholders in emergency care.

Background History of SEMPON
Nigeria has been in the fore of Emergency and resuscitation in Africa. In 1991, Nigeria had her first formal national training conference on Basic Life Support, when no African contry was so inclined. This was as a result of the collaboration between Society of Anesthetics of West Africa (SAWA) led by Professor Dorothy Jane. O. Ffoulkes-Crabbe and Emergency Response Services led by Dr. Nnamdi Nwauwa.

In recent times, most internationally recognized training programs in resuscitation and emergency care have all been brought into Nigeria. In most of these, Nigeria is the second after South Africa to promulgate these courses and programs that form the pillars of modern emergency medicine. These include BLS, ACLS, PALS, ATLS, PHTLS, ITLS, ALSO, BDLS, ASLS and many others.

Nigeria has one of the worst trauma situations in Africa with likes of Pipeline explosions, flooding, air crashes, road traffic accidents and a host of others.
It becomes obvious that Nigeria has to embrace resuscitation/emergency care, opening up training facilities for emergency care professionals and Institute of Emergency Residency in our post graduate medical colleges. Countries that do not have any of these emergency training pillars have bypassed these to recognize emergency medicine and begin Emergency medicine Residency.

The awareness to this challenge has to be created. Governments and health authorities have to be convinced about the need to upgrade and update our Emergency Dept, escalate training in emergency care at all levels and begin production of emergency specialist. The need for EMS at national, state and LGA levels became crucial and inevitable.

A group of doctors with the burning zeal for emergency care came together. This group, led by Dr. Nnamdi Nwauwa applied and had Society of Emergency Medicine Practitioners of Nigeria (SEMPON) registered with the government in 2012 to form the needed advocacy organization front. Shortly after the registration, the African Federation of Emergency Medicine (AFEM) registered and recognized it as the umbrella for collaboration in Emergency care in Nigeria.