South African Family Practice

ISSN: 2078-6190 (Print)
            2078-6204 (Online)
Publication frequency: 6 issues per year

Accredited with the DHET (SAPSE)


Official publication of the South African Academy of Family PhysiciansCo-published with Medpharm Publications

Co-published with Taylor & FrancisThis is a fully Open Access journal that only publishes articles Open Access.


Aims & Scope

South African Family Practice (SAFP) is a peer-reviewed scientific journal, which strives to provide primary care physicians and researchers with a broad range of scholarly work in the disciplines of Family Medicine, Primary Health Care, Rural Medicine, District Health and other related fields. SAFP publishes original research, clinical reviews, and pertinent commentary that advance the knowledge base of these disciplines. The content of SAFP is designed to reflect and support further development of the broad basis of these disciplines through original research and critical review of evidence in important clinical areas; as well as to provide practitioners with continuing professional development material. SAFP adheres to the international acceptable editorial standards, as published by  The International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE).

Peer Review Process

All manuscripts will be subject to blinded peer-review and the decision of the Editor will be final. Articles submitted for consideration by the editor should not have been published before, either in total or in part, nor be currently submitted to any other publisher. The Editor retains the right to stylise and shorten any material accepted for publication. Accepted manuscripts will be copy edited and galley proofs will be sent to the author for approval. 

Preference is given to articles presenting the results of original research or evidence-based clinical reviews, relevant to family medicine, primary health care, district health or rural medicine.  

Opinions expressed in the Journal should not be taken to represent the policies of the South African Academy of Family Physicians, or the Publishers (Medpharm Publications Pty Ltd, Cogent OA and NISC Pty Ltd).  

Submissions in any official language of South Africa will be considered for publication within the framework of the SA Fam Pract mission to appeal to the widest possible readership.


Editor in Chief

Prof Gboyega A Ogunbanjo, Editor-in-chief South African Family Practice Journal, South Africa

Associate Editors

Douw Greeff, Medpharm Publications (Pty) Ltd, South Africa

Editorial Board

Dr Graham Bresick, University of Cape Town, South Africa
Dr Nzapfurundi Otto Chabikuli, University of Pretoria and University of Limpopo, Nigeria
Prof Jimmy Chandia, Walter Sisulu University, South Africa
Professor Ian Douglas Couper, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa
Prof Bob Mash, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa
Prof S (Cyril) Soornarain Naidoo, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Dr Ntodeni Norah Ndwamato, Rural Doctors Association of South Africa (RUDASA), South Africa
Prof Wilhelm Johannes Steinberg, University of the Free State, South Africa
Prof Selma Smith, University of Pretoria, South Africa
Editorial Board (International)
Prof Adriana M Prinsloo, University of the United Arab Emirates, United Arab Emirates
Prof Trevor John Gibbs, Bute Medical School, United Kingdom
Dr Anselme Derese, Ghent University, Belgium
Prof Waris Qidwai, Aga Khan University, Pakistan
Prof Tarun Kumar Sen Gupta, James Cook University, Australia

Latest Issue

Volume 61, Issue 1, 2019


Awareness of the Ward Based Outreach Team and the services offered by the programme in the Tshwane health district, South Africa
Author(s): T BongongoDepartment of Family Medicine & Primary Health Care, South Africa, JV NdimandeDepartment of Family Medicine & Primary Health Care, South Africa, GA OgunbanjoDepartment of Family Medicine & Primary Health Care, South Africa, AT Masango-MakgobelaDepartment of Family Medicine & Primary Health Care, South Africa, SN NyalungaDepartment of Family Medicine & Primary Health Care, South Africa, I GovenderDepartment of Family Medicine & Primary Health Care, South Africa
Pages: 1–4
Knowledge of final-year medical students at the University of KwaZulu-Natal about family medicine, and long-term career choices
Author(s): R Omed AliDepartment of Family Medicine, South Africa, AJ RossDepartment of Family Medicine, South Africa, TC NkabindeDepartment of Family Medicine, South Africa
Pages: 5–10
The profile of deliberate self-poisoning cases presenting at the emergency department of Pelonomi Regional Hospital, Bloemfontein
Author(s): MOA BenedictDepartment of Family Medicine, South Africa, CJ van LoggerenbergDepartment of Family Medicine, South Africa, WJ SteinbergDepartment of Family Medicine, South Africa
Pages: 11–17
Central obesity is an independent risk factor of poor glycaemic control at Dr George Mukhari Academic Hospital
Author(s): Tsakani Stanford MasheleDepartment of Internal Medicine, School of Medicine, South Africa, Motetelo Alfred MogaleDepartment of Biochemistry, School of Pathology & Pre-Clinical Sciences, South Africa, Olakunle Adewunmi TowobolaDepartment of Internal Medicine, School of Medicine, South Africa, Mmampenani Florence MosheshDepartment of Internal Medicine, School of Medicine, South Africa
Pages: 18–23
Modifiable factors within the prevention of mother-to-child transmission programme associated with failure to prevent HIV transmission in the Onandjokwe district of Namibia
Author(s): Flavia Strato ShayoDivision of Family Medicine and Primary Care, South Africa, Bob MashDivision of Family Medicine and Primary Care, South Africa
Pages: 24–29
Family planning desires of older adults (50 years and over) in Botswana
Author(s): Njoku Ola AmaDepartment of Statistics,, John O OlaomiDepartment of Statistics,
Pages: 30–38


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