18 August 2017
The Surgical Foundation ( A charitable arm of the ASGBI) is inviting applications for its 2018 international bursary scheme. A number of bursaries will be made available to surgical trainees from poorly resourced countries............. Please click here for more details.
02 June 2017
The Republic of Zambia has produced a National Surgical Obstetric and Anaesthesia Strategic plan (NSOASP) 2017-2021.The full document is available here
19 May 2017
The call for abstract submission for the December 2017 Scientific Conference is now closed.
The deadline for submission of abstracts passed on 5th October 2017.
For more details about COSECSA 2017 AGM & Scientific Conference please visit the event page on the following link:http://www.cosecsa.org/news-events/cosecsa-2017-agm-scientific-conference
22 February 2017
We are glad to invite applications from young surgeons who are in a COSECSA Training Programme and who wish to present a scientific paper at the COSECSA-ASEA Scientific Conference held in December of each year. Click here for more details
16 December 2016
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10 November 2016
The RCS invites applications from overseas surgeons wishing to undertake further training for more details click here
04 November 2016
These new, first ever Global guidelines for the prevention of surgical site Infection include a list of 29 concrete recommendations distilled by 20 of the world’s leading experts from 26 reviews of the latest evidence. The recommendations have also been published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases and are designed to address the increasing burden of health care-associated infections on both patients and health care systems globally.
This is a world first and will be welcomed by doctors and patients alike. We encourage you all to access and promote the guidelines, publications and supporting tools http://www.who.int/gpsc/ssi-guidelines/en/index.html
Please also review the front page of the WHO website today: http://www.who.int/en/
02 November 2016
Clinical Officer Surgical Training in Africa(COST-Africa)is a collaboration between the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland,College of Medicine in Malawi,Surgical Society of Zambia,and Radboud University Medical Centre in Nijmegen,the Netherlands,funded by the European Union’s Framework Seven(FP7) Programme. COST-Africa which was endorsed by COSECSA ,is an intervention implemented in Malawi and Zambia for testing the effectiveness,cost-effectiveness and feasibility of delivering safe emergency and limited elective surgery at district hospitals by providing surgical training to active non-physician clinicians (NPCs) at the request of national surgeons and with the support from the ministries of health.These two countries currently rely on NPCs for delivering surgery at district hospitals due to the limited number of surgeons
On 07th and 08th September 2016 COST Africa held a dissemination event at the Intercontinental hotel,in Lusaka,Zambia to present and discuss results from the intervention. For more details click here.
18 July 2016
The latest ECAJS- Journal issue is now available at http://www.cosecsa.org/about/publications/ecajs-journal
Ms Elysha Brennan, an Irish celebrity, recently travelled to Tanzania to see first hand the good work of COSECSA and the Royal College of Surgeons (RCSI) / COSECSA collaboration programme. Ms Brennan is the "Rose of Tralee," the winner of an annual international competition which is celebrated among Irish communities all over the world. She is also a medical student, and has a keen interest in surgery.
Ms Brennan visited four COSECSA accredited hospitals: Muhimbili National Hospital, Muhimbili Orthopaedic and Neurological Institute, Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre and Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre, meeting COSECSA surgeons, trainees, and the patients benefitting from their care. She also visited the COSECSA Secretariat and the RCSI/COSECSA mobile surgical skills unit, currently in Arusha.
We are saddened to announce the untimely death of Dr. Joel NamungubaMbute who tragically passed away after a road traffic accident at Soi bridge, along the Kitale - Eldoret route in Kenya.
• An Orthopedic Surgeon working atKitale District Hospital in Kenya
• Young Fellow and Graduate of COSECSA, the College of Surgeons in East, central and Southern Africa.
• A father of two Children, married to Dr. Maureen Ochieng', a specialist in Oral Biology, a lecturer at Moi University School of Dentistry, and a member of The Kenya Dental Association - North Rift Branch
He took his Fellowship examinations in 2014 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and Graduated the same year.
The COSECSA President wrote: “It is a shocking news for all of us. A big loss to his family, his country and to Africa. He was fighting the odds of trauma and RTA. Unfortunately he became the victim himself.
COSECSA wishes strength to his close families, friends and his patients.
A study outlining the surgical workforce in the COSECSA region was recently published on the World Journal of Surgery
It contains a detailed breakdown of information on surgeons in the region. Please follow this link:http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00268-016-3601-3