Federation of Infectious Diseases Societies of Southern Africa (FIDSSA)

 South African guideline for the management of community-acquired pneumonia in adults 2017

Local Guidelines

Antimicrobial Prescribing
Infectious Diseases
Microbiology and Infection Control

National Department of Health Guidelines

National Department of Health Standard Treatment Guidelines


National Pathology Group

The National Pathology Group has a guideline which it issues relating to the use of appropriate laboratory investigations. This may be freely accessed at :

The website also contains recommendations for pathology testing for several conditions:

Additionally the following international sites are of value: ARUP Laboratories: A national reference laboratory: www.aruplab.com Lab Tests Online : labtestsonline.org Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia: www.rcpa.edu.au/Home

National Osteoporosis Foundation of South Africa (NOFSA)
  • Guidelines on Diagnosis and Management of Osteoporosis
  • Recommendations for the acute and long-term medical management of low trauma Hip Fractures
  • Atypical Femoral Fractures
  • Vertebral factures


South African Society of Psychiatrists

Treatment Guidelines for Psychiatric Disorders

SA Heart Association


SA Heart® subscribes to the guidelines issued by the European Society of Cardiology. The ESC Clinical Practice Guidelines can be viewed and downloaded from the ESC website guidelines page. You can also download an app to view the pocket guidelines together with interactive tools (algorithms, calculators, charts, scores...) from this site. 
SA Heart® publishes position papers or commentary on guidelines for local circumstances where appropriate. 

Position Statement Prevention of Infective Endocarditis Before Dental Procedures
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Guideline: Diet for prevention of cardiovascular disease
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Guideline: Bridgepoint CTO
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Position Statement: Renal denervation
The SA Heart® - Hypertension Society update on renal denervation.
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Guideline: South African Dyslipidaemia
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Guideline: Management of Acute Coronary Syndromes
This guideline describes the recognition and management of unstable angina (UA) and non-ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (NSTEMI). These are two of the three components of the acute coronary syndrome (ACS).
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Guideline: Cardiac imaging with Cardiac CT and MRI
The rapid advance in the field of cardiac imaging has necessitated guidelines for the performance and interpretation of these newer imaging modalities.
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Guideline: Paediatric echocardiography in South Africa
This document provides guidelines for standards of practice in paediatric transthoracic echocardiography in South Africa. Paediatric echocardiography is not a substitute for a proper clinical opinion and such studies are best performed as part of an assessment by a paediatric cardiologist.
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Guideline: Trans-catheter Aortic Valve Implantation (TAVI)
The South African Heart Association (SA Heart®) together with two of its special interest groups, SASCI and SCTSSA represent the scientific, educational, socioeconomic, ethical and professional interests of South African cardiac specialists, with a combined membership of over 200 members. We are the only national organisations exclusively representing practising cardiologists and cardiothoracic surgeons.
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Accredited Training Units
Cardiology Training is offered only at universities with linked medical schools and training hospitals in South Africa. Limited training positions are available, according to government allocations in the respective provinces. 
In order to start the three year specialization course in cardiology, one has to be a qualified physician. Please apply directly to the respective heads of departments for a training post.
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Guideline: Cardiology Training
Cardiology Training follows strict guidelines. A logbook must be kept to prove proficiency in techniques, and a prescribed minimum number of each different procedure performed must be recorded. 
The College of Medicine is responsible for conducting the qualifying examination at the end of the three year course. 
You can find the cardiology syllabus and logbook requirements here.
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Treatment of Myorcardial Revascurlarisation - DES
SASCI as an official Special Interest Group of the South African Heart Association subscribe to the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) guidelines. The ESC guidelines are regularly updated to include the latest appropriate Evidence Based Medicine but local guidance (comment) is...Read more

Guideline: EHRA Consensus
Antithrombotic therapy in atrial fibrillation associated with valvular heart disease: a joint consensus document from the European Heart RhythmAssociation (EHRA) and
European Society of CardiologyWorking Group on Thrombosis, endorsed by the ESC Working Group on Valvular Heart Disease, Cardiac Arrhythmia Society of Southern
Africa (CASSA), Heart RhythmSociety (HRS), Asia Pacific Heart RhythmSociety (APHRS), South African Heart (SA Heart) Association and Sociedad Latinoamericana de
Estimulacion Cardiaca y Electrofisiologoıa (SOLEACE).
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South African HIV Clinicians Society


Two documents have been developed. The first provides a quick reference and summary of the main aspects related to supporting antiretroviral therapy adherence for HIV positive adolescents and young adults. The second, this expanded version, provides more detail for those requiring additional background information, resources and references.

This document provides a quick reference and summary of the main aspects related to supporting antiretroviral therapy adherence for HIV positive adolescents and young adults.

These guidelines are intended as an update to those published in the Southern African Journal of HIV Medicine in 2014 and the update on when to initiate antiretroviral therapy in 2015. Since the release of the previous guidelines, the scale-up of antiretroviral therapy (ART) in southern Africa has continued. New antiretroviral drugs have become available with improved efficacy, safety and more robustness. The guidelines are intended for countries in the southern African region, which vary between lower and middle income.

A supplement to the National HIV Testing Services Policy 2016.

The aim of the this PrEP guideline is to explain what PrEP is, outline current indications for its use, outline steps for appropriate user selection and provide guidance to monitor and maintain PrEP users.

This document is a corrigendum to our "Guideline on the management of occupational and non-occupational exposure to the human immunodeficiency virus and recommendations for post-exposure prophylaxis: 2015 Update".

This guideline is an update of the post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) guideline published by the Southern African HIV Clinicians Society in 2008.

These guidelines are an update of the Southern African HIV Clinicians Society’s ART 2014 guidelines. The update is to the section of the adult ART guidelines relating to when ART should be initiated.

UPDATED:Algorithms which assist in managing infants with indeterminate HIV PCR results.

Update to 2007 guidance to include all types of migrants and crisis-affected populations, including those forcibly displaced. This update stresses that migration and forced displacement must NO T be used as an excuse to deny treatment. Clear recommendations are provided for states, clinicians and programme managers, civil society, donors and United Nations (UN ) agencies.

2014 update to the Society guideline on adult antiretroviral therapy.

This document is provided as an information resource for all health care workers to assist in the appropriate prescribing of antibiotics.

Guideline on mental health disorders and CNS sequelae in HIV positive children and adolescents

A reference document to assist HIV nurse and doctor clinicians in managing mental health disorders

Practical guidance on the re-introduction of anti-TB drugs and ART in HIV/TB co-infected individuals presenting with DILI

Updated to include newly available drug formulations: ABC 60mg dispersible tablets and ABC (60mg) + 3TC (300mg) tablets

Update to 2007 guidelines on the prevention, diagnosis and management of cryptoccocal meningitis among HIV-infected persons

Guidance on how to switch patients from 3 separate antiretroviral (ARV) drugs to the new, single, FDC tablet containing tenofovir (TDF), emtricitabine (FTC) and efavirenz (EFV).

Recommendations for HIV resistance testing for people living with HIV in the southern African region







Southern African Hypertension Society

South African Hypertension Guideline version 2014

5th hypertension guideline published by the Southern African Hypertension Society (SAHS)
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SA Society of Anaesthestioloigsts

The South African Society of Anasethesiologists has several guidelines available for the management of pain, sedation and other areas www.sasaweb.com

SA Society of Obstetricians and Gynaceologists

The South African Society of Anasethesiologists has several guidelines available for the management of pain, sedation and other areas www.sasaweb.com

SA Society of Orthopaedic Surgeons

SA Society of Orthopaedic Surgeons

South African Stroke Society

South African guideline for management of ischaemic stroke and transient ischaemic attack 2010: A guideline from the South African Stroke Society (SASS) and the SASS Writing Committee

National Guidelines


Diabetic Guidelines: www.semdsa.org.za/Member/Guidelines

Society of Vascular Surgery

Society for Vascular Surgery

Specialist Nuclear Physician / Nuclear Medicine

The South African Society of Nuclear Medicine officially endorses selected international guidelines. Links to all of these guidelines can be found on their website: www.sasnm.com/Guidelines

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