What is COSECSA

The College of Surgeons of East, Central and Southern Africa (COSECSA) is an independent body that fosters postgraduate education in surgery and provides surgical training throughout the region of East, Central and Southern Africa. COSECSA is a non-profit making body that currently operates in 10 countries in the Sub-Saharan region: Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Our primary objective is to advance education, training, standards, research & practice in surgical care in this region. COSECSA shapes and leads the training of surgeons in the Sub-Saharan region. We deliver a common surgical training programme with a common examination and an internationally recognised surgical qualification. Admission to the College is open to all registered medical practitioners who comply with the professional requirements for admission.

Why Choose COSECSA?

  • COSECSA is the second largest surgical training institute in Sub-Saharan Africa.
  • COSECSA provides a comprehensive Membership and Fellowship Programme in: Orthopeadics; ENT; Urology; Paediatric Surgery; Neurosurgery; Plastic Surgery; and General Surgery.
  • COSECSA offers unique inservice training and an innovative e-learning platform for surgical trainees.
  • COSECSA has 94 accredited hospitals and 169 accredited trainers, offering a wide range of training programmes in urban and rural locations.
  • COSECSA has an established record of success: since 2004, 158 specialist surgeons have graduated from COSECSA.
  • COSECSA is an internationally recognised, post-graduate training institution. As of 2016, there are over 350 trainees enrolled in COSECSA training programmes.
  • Essential Surgical Training for Non-Surgeons is provided in three COSECSA Member Countries: Zimbabwe, Rwanda and Zambia.
  • The COSECSA Headquarters is locally based in Arusha, Tanzania.
  • Research shows that COSECSA graduates experience significant career advancement.

Why is Surgery Important?

  • 6.5% of the global burden of disease is amenable to surgery.
  • Africa has approximately 25% of the burden of the world’s diseases and only 1.3% of the world health workforce.
  • Most surgeons are based in urban areas.

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