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.
29 September 2016
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
COSECSA has published its strategic plan for 2016-2020. This plan forms the central pillar of COSECSA- it is a product of rigorous and widespread discussion and consultations of various stakeholders. This document will guide change and improvement of the College. It will serve as the basis for decision making, budget allocations and day to day operations of the college. There are four goals in our new strategic plan: 1) Graduate 500 surgeons by 2020 2).Achieve Excellence in Training and Research 3) Maintain Best Practice in Examination and Assessment 4) Build to Organizational Excellence and Financial Sustainability. Each of the goals has priority and supporting actions. COSECSA looks forward to working collaboratively and in partnership with like-minded institutions who share our mission. To view the complete strategic plan please visit the following link: Click to download
01 June 2016
The College of Surgeons East Central Southern Africa has learnt with deep shock of the untimely death of our long standing Council Member and Loyal fellow Prof. Mohamed Labib.
You will recall Prof. Labib as our Chair of the Education, Training and Research Committee from 2007 to 2013.
Before his demise he was the Head of the Surgery Department, School of Medicine, University of Namibia and was recently appointed as the external examiner for COSECSA for Urology.
He is remembered as a humble, hardworking committed fellow of COSECSA and has been pioneering Namibia to join COSECSA- plans which were underway.
Please extend your deepest sympathy for the loss through the secretary of the Namibian surgical society - Dr. A .Munika email: 'firstname.lastname@example.org'
Let’s join his family in this time of sorrow. May his soul rest in eternal peace.