Welcome to South African Medical Association
Dr Vusumuzi Nhlapho, SAMA CEO
Dr Vusumuzi Nhlapho, SAMA CEO
Thank you for visiting the website of the South African Medical Association (SAMA). This site provides a wealth of information to medical doctors; its purpose is to offer relevant information to medical professionals to enhance their professional lives.
The medical profession in South Africa is currently faced with many challenges. Medical professionals must navigate a myriad of professional, legal, and ethical roads to perform their duties in addition to facing severe practical obstacles including skills and medical supply shortages, long working hours, obstructive administrators, and a dysfunctional health management system.
In addition, problems with the overwhelming number of patients and over-crowding in state hospitals are exacerbated by severe electricity constraints that lead to frequent rolling blackouts that cause disruption to the proper and effective dispensing of medical treatment. Is it any wonder that so many doctors in South Africa suffer burn-out?
Not only that, but many of the country’s doctors who have qualified at world-class institutions locally, are seeking greener pastures abroad; many of the leading hospitals in the world boast South African-trained doctors on their staff.
SAMA is cognisant of these – and other – challenges faced daily by doctors in the country. It is for this reason that the association places a strong emphasis on advocating for the rights of doctors throughout all its work both to the public and in private engagements with government, medical service providers and statutory bodies. This advocacy stands at the root of everything we do and is the embodiment of the role we play for doctors in all our activities.
The SAMA website is, therefore, an online repository for doctors from which they can select any number of tools they may need to better conduct their work. But the website also provides important information on developments within the profession, essential to understanding our profession and the challenges it faces daily.
SAMA and the SAMA team work exceptionally hard to ensure each aspect relevant to doctors’ professional lives is featured on our website, and that every possible concern is addressed. It’s an invaluable website, and unique to doctors in South Africa, which makes it not only important but indispensable.
It must be remembered that this is not an overnight product; a quality offering such as this is the culmination of months and years of hard work. That’s why your involvement as a SAMA member is so crucial. Through your continued support of SAMA as an association that stands by your side and stands up for your rights, we can produce and maintain our standard of service.
If you are not already a member, I’d want to urge you to join immediately. SAMA can only be truly effective if it enjoys the collective support of its constituency, which is you. Through your membership you are not only supporting SAMA you are also contributing to the greater good of your profession and, ultimately, to a better health of our nation.
I trust you will find much useful information on these electronic pages, and that your experience is efficient and worthwhile. We have gone to great lengths to provide a world-class website for you, and I believe we have achieved that goal.
Happy and productive medical surfing
To be the leading and preferred membership organization advocating and supporting medical practitioners in South Africa.
Being the custodians of growing advocacy platform that will unite, guide and support members for the health of the nation.
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