ISSN 2071-2928 printed version
ISSN 2071-2936 online version



Basic information

The African Journal of Primary Health Care & Family Medicine (PHCFM) welcomes submissions that encourage scholarly exchange between family medicine and primary health care researchers and practitioners across Africa and the developing world, whilst providing a contextual and holistic view of family medicine as practised across the continent. The journal is indispensable for primary health care practitioners, family medicine specialists and academics from both the developing and developed worlds, and offers an engaging insight into the growth of these disciplines from a distinctly African and developing world perspective.

PHCFM seeks to publish innovative research and clinical reviews in all aspects of primary health care and family medicine in the African and developing world context including, but not limited to:

  • family medicine
  • primary health care
  • sexual health
  • oral health
  • emergency care
  • district health care
  • rural health care
  • health promotion
  • prevention of disease and disability
  • pain management and palliative care
  • community–oriented primary health care
  • education and training of professionals and health workers in family medicine and primary health care.

The Southern African Sexual Health Association endorsed PHCFM as its official mouthpiece to develop sexual health as an academic discipline under the control of leading experts in the field.

PainSA endorsed PHCFM as its official mouthpiece to develop pain management and palliative care as an academic discipline under the control of leading experts in the field.

Submissions in English (full article) and French (full article) will be considered for publication.

The journal publishes one issue per annum on a rolling basis and occasionally a 2nd issue is added.

Its abbreviated title is Afr. J. Prim. Health Care Fam. Med..


Index sources

  • DHET SA List
  • SciELO SA
  • African Index Medicus
  • Norwegian Register for Scientific Journals, Series and Publishers, Level 1
  • PubMed / MEDLINE
  • PubMed Central
  • Thomson Reuters Web of Science Other Coverage, Emerging Sources Citation Index, ESCI
  • Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)
  • EBSCO Host
  • GALE, CENGAGE Learning
  • Google Scholar
  • ProQuest
  • Hinari



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Peer Review

All manuscripts undergo a double–blinded review process.



The African Journal of Primary Health Care & Family Medicine (PHCFM) is cofinanced by the Flemish Interuniversity Council (VLIR), Department of University Cooperation for Development, through the project VLIR–ZEIN 2006 PR320, with financial support from the Belgian government, Directorate General for Development Cooperation.


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