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.
COSECSA in collaboration with the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI), invites applications from all FCS Candidates for the 2015 Grants Scheme competition. COSECSA will award four research grants up to a value of US$3,500 each for use over a one year period. These grants are designed to meet research costs for new or existing projects. These grants are designed primarily for early career researchers and not for individuals who are well established in research. The application deadline is Friday 18th September. See here for information and application form.
06 May 2015
On Friday June 26th, the RCSI/COSECSA Mobile Surgical Skills Unit (MSU) was launched by the honourable Dr Seif Rashidi, Minister for Health and Social Welfare of the United Republic of Tanzania. The MSU is the world’s first dedicated mobile surgical skills training unit.
The MSU is a 30 tonne trailer which has been specifically designed and equiped with surgical training technology such as high tech virtual reality surgical simulators and an expandable training pod. It is unique in that it can be moved from country to country facilitating surgical training for trainees in their own hospitals. The unit is focused on improving delivery of regional and district training programmes. Built to accommodate ten surgical trainees at a time this unit facilitates the delivery of surgical training to world-class standards. It will operate initially throughout Kenya and Tanzania. See PRESS RELEASE here.