The African Federation of Clinical Chemistry (www.afccafrica.org) is an organization of clinical chemistry societies on the African continent, and a regional society of the IFCC. At present, the membership comprises of the following fifteen countries:
Ten of these countries are Full Member Societies of the IFCC.
The inaugural congress of the AFCC took place in October 2009 in Ibadan, Nigeria and the second congress in Nairobi, Kenya 2011. The third congress was held in Cape Town, South Africa in 2013. The fourth congress is to take place in Harare, Zimbabwe 28-30 April 2015. The fifth congress will coincide with the IFCC WordLab congress in 2017 in Durban, South Africa.
The current Board members serving for the term 2014 - 2015 are; President: Prof AB Okesina (Nigeria), Immediate Past-President: Prof V Steenkamp (South Africa), President-Elect: Prof RT Erasmus (South Africa), Secretary: Prof HT Marima-Matarira (Zimbabwe), Treasurer: Prof A Amayo (Kenya), Members-at-large: Mr GT Akalu (Ethiopia) and Dr M Charles-Davies (Nigeria).
The aim of the AFCC is to promote improvement in the health wellness of the communities it serves through improving the development and practice of clinical chemistry through education and scientific excellence and promote clinical chemistry in Africa. To date academic exchange between Nigeria and South Africa has taken place, areas of concern in clinical chemistry have been identified and to this end a quality management course has been organized. The clinical case study program provided by the AACC has been distributed to all AFCC member countries where it is being incorporated in the registrar training course.
Prof. Adekunle Bashiru Okesina
Department of Chemical Pathology and Immunology
College of Health Sciences
University of Ilorin
Ilorin, Kwara State