17 December 2015
COSECSA President Dr Miliard Derbew and Vice President Prof Pankaj Jani joined over 200 delegates from the Global Health Community at the World Health Organisation (WHO) Headquarters in Geneva this week to discuss implementation of the WHA Resolution on Emergency and Essential Surgery and Aneasthesia. The discussions took place as part of the biennial WHO Global Initiative for Emergency and Essential Surgical Care (GIEESC).
This global forum convenes multidisciplinary stakeholders representing health professionals, public health experts, health authorities, academia, leaders of education and training programs, NGOs, civil and professional societies, local and international organizations.
WHO GIEESC includes over 2000 members from 138 countries interested in collaborations towards reducing death and disability from injuries, pregnancy-related complications, congenital anomalies, disasters, and other surgical conditions in low-and middle-income countries.
06 December 2015
Women in Surgery Africa (WiSA) was officially launched at the Victoria Hotel, Blantyre, Malawi on 2 December.
WiSA is a membership group which provides support to female surgeons, surgeons in training and medical students in the 10 member countries of the College of Surgeons of East Central and Southern Africa (COSECSA). It is endorsed by COSECSA and is a recognised sub-group of the College.
Over 100 representatives from around the world attended the launch event. The Launch was opened by COSECSA President Dr Miliard Derbew. Dr Patricia Numann, founder member of the Association of Women Surgeons USA, travelled to Malawi to deliver the Keynote Address. Other high profile speakers included Dr Jane Faulal from Uganda and Dr Patricia Eadie from Ireland.
Mr Declan Magee, President of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and Prof Christopher Lavy, University of Oxford announced two dedicated WiSA travel bursaries at the event. Applications for these bursaries will be open to WiSA Members from January 2016.
Elections for the first WiSA Board also took place during the launch. The WiSA Patron is Dr Faulal, who is also a COSECSA Council Member. The WiSA Board will comprise of representatives from five COSECSA Countries:
Chairperson: Dr Faith Muchemwa (Zimbabwe)
Vice-Chairperson: Dr Agnetta Odera (Kenya)
Secretary: Dr Ainhoa Costas Chavarri (Rwanda)
Treasurer: Dr Pamela T K Samoyo (Tanzania)
Membership Officer: Dr Chiku Clara Mpanga (Malawi)
Congratulations to WiSA and COSECSA looks forward to continued engagement and support.
To find out more about WiSA or to register as a WiSA Member please see: www.womeninsurgeryafrica.org
For more information on the WiSA Launch event please see the WiSA Launch Press Release.
05 December 2015
The Global Alliance for Surgical, Obstetric, Trauma and Anaesthesia Care (G4 Alliance) is an umbrella association of 60+ organisations which advocates for universal access to safe, essential surgical, obstetric, trauma and anaesthesia care.
The G4 Alliance held its African Launch in Blantyre, Malawi on 2 December, in conjunction with COSECSA and the Surgical Association of Malawi (SAM). This was followed by a G4 consultative meeting on 3 December and a meeting of the Alliance board on 4 - 5 December. These meetings brought together high-level delegates, country-representatives, patient advocates, G4 member organisations, and stakeholders in support of greater prioritization of surgical care as part of national health care plans.
Special guest speakers at the launch were Hon. Dr. Peter Kumpalume, Minister of Health, Malawi, and Hon. Dr. Reida El Oakley, Minister of Health, Libya. Other speakers were Dr. Emmanuel Makasa (Counselor-Health, Permanent Mission of Zambia, Geneva), Dr. Eugene Nyarko (WHO Representative, Malawi), Dr. Quazi Monirul Islam (WHO Representative, Namibia), Ms. Jamila Hanudu (Ministry of Health & Social Welfare, Tanzania), Prof. Herve Angate (President, Pan African Association of Surgeons) and Dr. John Meara (Chair, Lancet Commission on Global Surgery). Welcome Remarks were given by Dr. Fizan Abdullah (Chair, G4 Alliance), Prof. Pankaj Jani (Vice President, COSECSA & Vice Chair, G4 Alliance), Dr. Milliard Derbew (President, COSECSA) and Dr. Tilinde Chokotho (President, SAM).
02 December 2015
The recipients of the 2015 RCSI COSECA Small Grants Scheme were announced this morning at the COSECSA AGM in Blantyre, Malawi. Prof Eric Borgstein, Chair of the COSECSA Examinations and Credentials Committee, congratulated the winners and thanked applicants from the ten COSECSA countries.
The four recipients will receive a grant of $3500USD each to undertake independent research projects in 2016. The results of this research will be published in the COSECSA Journal: ECAJS.
The winners of the 2015 Small Research Grants are:
1. Philip Blasto Ooko
2. Nyamsongoro Emanuel Ryuba
3 .Vanda Nilza Sidonio Amado
4. Gift Mulima
The Small Research Grant Scheme is supported by the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. Applications for the 2016 Small Grants Scheme will open in June 2016.
Congratulations to the grant recipients and wishing you every success with your research!
27 November 2015
The first training course in the RCSI COSECSA Mobile Skills Unit took place at the Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre (ALMC) in Tanzania from 26-27 November 2015. The Basic Laproscopic Skills Course was attended by 10 delegates. The training was sponsored by Ethicon/Johnson & Johnson. Additional training courses will take place across Tanzania and Kenya in 2016.
For more information, please see the NSSC Press Release
13 October 2015
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On September 2nd, 86 candidates sat COSECSA written examinations throughout the region. Successful candidates have been invited to the Clinical and Viva examinations which will take place in Blantyre, Malawi on November 30th and December 1st.
01 September 2015
Following a successful pilot programme in Zimbabwe, the COSECSA Essential Surgical Training (EST) Programmes has now expanded to Rwanda and Zambia. EST is supported by the RCSI COSECSA Collaboration Programme.
2015 has been a busy year across the three countries with over 60 General Medical Officers from 38 district hospitals completing EST training. Four trainings have taken place in Ruhengeri and Kibungo, Rwanda; two in Matabeleland North and Harare, Zimbabwe; and two in Monze and Kabwe in Zambia.
The EST Programme typically takes place in rural hospitals, bringing together GPs (General Practioners), anaesthetic assistants and theatre nurses. Each training takes place over 3 days per session: Day 1 focuses on theory, patient screening and theatre preparation and pre-workshop evaluation; Days 2 and 3 are dedicated theatre days.
There is a dedicated Programme Coordinator in each country who is responsible for managing the implementation of EST training programmes. If you would like to learn more about EST Programmes or to see the upcoming training schedule please see our Essential Surgical Training page.
24 August 2015
COSECSA is delighted to announce the appointment of Mr Christopher Minja as the new Training and Examinations Officer.
Christopher has extensive experience in IT and database management, as well as experience in healthcare adminstration. As COSECSA continues to grow, Christopher will assist the Secretariat to implement the College’s extensive programme of work. Christopher will be based at the COSECSA Secretariat in Arusha, Tanzania and will coordinate the training, education and examinations processes on behalf of the College.
If you would like to learn more about becoming a COSECSA trainee, please contact Christopher at email@example.com
11 July 2015
The COSECSA Half-Council meeting convened in Maputo , Mozambique from 7-10 July. Items for discussion included the new COSECSA Constitution and upcoming MCS/FCS Examinations and AGM in Malawi in December 2015.
02 July 2015
Over the last six years the Institute of Leadership from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) have trained 257 consultant surgeons to be clinical trainers across the ten COSECSA countries.
17 Train the Trainer courses and two Master Train the Trainer Programmes have been successfully completed. 28 Master Trainers have now been trained and on 2 July 2015, the Programme was formally handed over to this cohort of trainers who will now independently implement Train the Trainer courses on behalf of COSECSA.
07 May 2015
COSECSA is looking to recruit a Chief Executive Officer, who will be based in the COSECSA Secretariat in Arusha, Tanzania. The closing date for applications has been extended to August 15th. Read more here on our Vacancy Advertisement.