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The COSECSA Secretariat headquarters is housed within the East, Central Southern Africa Health Community (ECSA) in Arusha, Tanzania.

The Secretariat’s main responsibilities are to manage the strategic development of COSECSA and to support the day-to-day administration of the COSECSA training and examination processes.

The activities of the College are carried out by the Secretariat under the guidance and leadership of the Council/Executive of the College. The secretariat is led by the Chief Executive Officer(CEO)

The Secretariat collaborates and works with national and international partners in delivering training to different groups of medical specialists in the region. It receives support in areas like finance, administration and capacity building, research, and IT support from the partners. 

Ms. Stella Itungu

Chief Executive Officer

She is the Chief Executive Officer of the College of Surgeons of East, Central, and Southern Africa (COSECSA). She holds a Master of Science (MSc) in Finance and Investment from Coventry University and a First Class (Honours) Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration (Human Resources Management) from Islamic University in Uganda (IUIU).

She joins COSECSA with over 20 years of experience in Administration, Operations Management, Strategic Planning, Human Resources & Financial Management, and presents a strong background in planning, coordinating, and implementing donor-funded regional projects/programs among the multiple Member States.  Previously, Ms. Itungu has worked with the East African Community (Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, South Sudan, and Uganda) under the World Bank Funded Financial Sector Development and Regionalization Project, in charge of Project Administration and Coordination. Ms. Itungu has also been involved in planning, coordinating, and facilitating training under the USAID and World Bank Capacity Building Programs.

Prior to the East African Community, she undertook various managerial functions; as Director of Operations on a Private Public Partnership (PPP) arrangement under the Global Fund (Malaria Component) Pilot Project in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Malaria Consortium in Uganda, and Human Resources and Administration Management with the Consulate of Finland-Uganda.

Stella can be contacted at:

Mr. Christopher A. Minja (MBA-ITM, ADIT)

Examination Officer

He is an experienced ICT Specialist with more than 15 years in the industry. Mr. Minja currently works as  Examinations and Training Programme Officer for COSECSA. He is responsible for the management of the COSECSA training and examinations process and is the main contact person for COSECSA trainees and examiners.

For more information on COSECSA training and exams please contact Mr. Minja at

Ms. Diana Kaiza

administrative Assistant

Ms. Kaiza has seven years’ experience in the Banking industry. She served as Bank Operation Officer at the FBME Bank Ltd and later as a Liquidation Officer under the Bank of Tanzania (BOT)

She joined COSECSA in 2018 as an Intern, she later took the position of Country Coordinator for Tanzania and Administrative Assistant for Women in Surgery Africa (WiSA). She holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Studies from the Open University of Tanzania

Ms. Kaiza currently works as an Administrative Assistant for COSECSA. She is responsible for the management of the COSECSA administrative activities.

For more information on COSECSA administrative issues please contact Ms. Kaiza at

Mr. Niraj Bachheta

Assistant education officer

IT graduate, possessing Knowledge of computer hardware and software applications. Has a Bachelor’s Degree in IT & Business Information Systems and a Master’s Degree in Computing and IT. Additionally possesses Photo/videography skills.

Mr. Bachheta currently works as an Assistant Education Officer for COSECSA. He is responsible for the management of the COSECSA educational activities including e-learning.

For more information on COSECSA educational activities please contact Mr. Bachheta at

Mr. Amani Pascal

Assistant examination officer

Mr. Pascal holds a Bachelor Degree in Information Technology (IT), he has experience in Software and Website Development, he also possess graphics and communication skills.

Mr. Pascal joined COSECSA in 2019 and he is currently working as an Assistant Examination Officer for COSECSA. He is responsible for the management of the COSECSA programme entry and examination registration activities including e-logbook.

For more information on COSECSA examination, programme entry and eLogbook please contact Mr. Pascal at

Dr. Godfrey Sama Philipo

Research and Patient Outcomes Coordinator

He is a Research and Patient Outcomes Coordinator for the RCSI/COSECSA Collaboration Programme at the College of Surgeons of East Central and Southern Africa (COSECSA).

Godfrey received his Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree from Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences (MUHAS) in Tanzania, a Master of Public Health (MPH) from the Southern Medical University (SMU) in China and is currently taking an online Master of Global Surgical Care (MGSC) degree at the University of British Columbia (UBC) where he also serves as an Adjunct Faculty Member for the Branch of International Surgical Care at UBC.

He worked as a Clinical Research Coordinator for the MUHAS-ORCI-UCSF Cancer Collaboration, leading a number of multidisciplinary international collaborative cancer research projects. He was a Co-coordinator of the International Federation of Medical Students Association (IFMSA) Global Surgery Small Working Group, and co-founded the International Students Surgical Network (InciSioN), a nonprofit organization currently representing over 5000 students, trainees, and early career physicians around the world who are passionate about Global Surgery. He also participated in the collection of the World Development Indicator (WDI) surgical data of 2016 on access to quality surgical care globally. Godfrey has coordinated and led a number multidisciplinary partnership projects in Global Surgery and Cancer Surgery. His interest is Global Surgery research, training and advocacy, partnerships development and Implementation Science research.

For more information on Research under the RCSI/COSECSA Collaboration Programme, please contact Dr Philipo at:  


Mr. Jonathan Omongole

Finance Officer

He holds a Master of Arts degree in Financial Services from Makerere University, Kampala (MUK), a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Makerere University, Kampala (MUK), a Diploma in Accounting and Business and currently at the final stage of a professional course in Accounting – Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA).

He joins COSECSA with over 7 years’ experience in Financial Management, Audit, Risk Management and Compliance, working mainly in the Commercial Banking sector. Previously, Mr. Jonathan Omongole worked with the Government of Uganda (District Level Programme Management and Support), Diamond Trust Bank Uganda, United Bank for Africa, Uganda and I & M Bank, Uganda.

Mr. Jonathan Omongole can be contacted through

Country Coordinators

COSECSA so far has Country Coordinators in 12 of its Member States (Burundi, Kenya, Ethiopia, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe).  They coordinate COSECSA activities at national level and report to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at the COSECSA Secretariat.

Dr Pierre Claver NIYONZIMA

MD Cardiothoracic Surgery

Former Deputy Force Medical officer for African Peace keeping Mission in Somalia (AMISON) from 2010-2011, he is currently the Country coordinator of COSECSA in Burundi Chapter and HOD surgery at Military Hospital of Kamenge from 2017 up to now.

He is an active member of Burundi Association of Surgery (ABUC) and Burundi Society of Cardiology (SBC)

Danial Tesfaye

He is a country Coordinator for Ethiopia COSECSA office. He is a Senior Media and Communication Expert who has been engaged in the field of communication sector for more than twelve years. He holds a Master of Arts with Journalism and Communication from Addis Ababa University and BA in English Language from Dilla University.

He is responsible for facilitating and coordinating COSECSA activities such as; Registration for FCS & MCS, reporting financial transactions, organizing trainings both for fellows and candidates, following up and facilitating accredited institutions' progress and also facilitating COSECSA written exams in  Ethiopia.

For further information please contact Mr. Tesfaye at

Patrick Mwai

Mr. Patrick Mwai is a public health communication and advocacy specialist with 15 years’ experience. He is currently the Country coordinator COSECSA Kenya Chapter and Country Director-International Collaboration for Essential Surgery (ICES) where he is supporting efforts to eradicate Neglected surgical Diseases (NSDs) in Kenya. He has worked with both local and International organizations namely; Kenya AIDS NGOs Consortium (KANCO), Pathfinder International, The Global Campaign for Microbicides at PATH International and also as a HIV prevention Advocacy fellow with the AIDS Vaccine Advocacy Coalition (AVAC). His major advocacy work has focused on HIV/TB prevention, care and treatment, sexual reproductive health and rights, water and sanitation, maternal and child health, public health communication and working with key populations at risk of HIV infection.

Prior to joining the International Collaboration for Essential Surgery, Patrick was the Regional Advocacy Officer-East, Central and Southern Africa with the Global Alliance for Surgical Obstetric, Trauma and Anaesthesia Care (G4 Alliance) where he had extensive experience working in collaboration with the Governments of Kenya, Tanzania and Ethiopia.

He has also been an advocacy consultant with the Kenya Medical Women’s Association (KMWA) and later on a communications consultant for the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) and International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA-Africenter). Patrick is a MPH candidate at the University of Nairobi. He holds a BA in Sociology and Communication from the same university and a Diploma in Management of Information Systems from Strathmore University.

He can be reached at

Fausto Bernardo Domingos Muzila(MD)

He has nine years experience as Medical Doctor in Mozambique, Since February 2020 he became COSECSA COUNTRY COORDINATOR.

He is currently a Resident in Orthopaedic Surgery in Maputo Central Hospital.

He coordinates COSECSA activities at national level and reports to COSECSA Secretariat.

He can be reached at

Salma Amia

Works for the University of Namibia (School of Medicine)

LLB student at the University of Namibia 

Can be reached at

Ms. MERCY KAMUKAMA                 

Mercy Kamukama holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Arts with Education from the University of Rwanda, ICT training at the Kigali Institute of Science and Technology. She previously worked at Wagtech International and at the Rwanda Organization for Community Health Development. Currently an employee of the Rwanda Surgical Society (2012-2020) and serves as the Rwanda Country Coordinator for the College of Surgeons of East, Central and Southern Africa (COSECSA) (2015-2020).

Ms. Christine Jimmy Jada holds a Bachelor degree in Applied and industrial Science from the Juba University currently pursuing MBA – Human resource management at the same university. She has eight years’ experience in the field of administration. She served as an office manager and coordinator with South Sudan Diabetes Control and later as an administrator in Juba Air Cargo LTD.

She joined the College of Physicians and Surgeons of South Sudan coordinating the training of interns, MMED candidates and promotes the activities of the Association of Surgeons of South Sudan

She is the current Executive Secretary at the College of physicians and surgeons of South Sudan and joined COSECSA in 2019 as a Country Coordinator for South Sudan.

As a country Coordinator for COSECSA in South Sudan, Christine is responsible for the management of the COSECSA activists and coordination in South Sudan.

For more information on COSECSA administrative issues please contact Ms. Christine at

Ronny Mollel

Ms. Mollel holds a Diploma in Office Administration from the University of Arusha. She previously worked at GIMCO African in Arusha Tanzania.

She serves as the Tanzania Country Coordinator for the College of Surgeons of East, Central and Southern Africa (COSECSA).

She can be reached at

Immaculate Kizza

Immaculate is a coordinator of COSECSA activities in Uganda.

She is the Administrative Assistant, Department of Surgery, School of Medicine, College of Health Sciences, Makerere University. She also works as the Administrative Secretary, Association of Surgeons of Uganda (ASOU).

She can be contacted at

Mrs Hamalabbi - Roydah Mundubi 


She works as a Secretary in the Department of Surgery, School of Medicine at the University of Zambia (UNZA). She obtained her First Degree in Human Resource Management from the University of Lusaka (UNILUS) in 2017. She also holds a Diploma in Human Resource Management from the Technical & Vocational Teachers’ College (TVTC) in 2007, a Diploma in Customer Care and Information Technology Skills from the African Renaissance Centre (ARC)Swaziland in 2005 and a Certificate in Information Technology & Computer Applications for Secretaries from the In-Service Training & Education Centre (ISTEC) in 2001.  She is responsible for planning & work organization, Secretarial services and Operational performance review.

She is a Member of the Zambia Institute of Human Resource Management since 2017.

In addition, Mrs Hamalabbi -  Roydah Mundubi is COSECSA Country Coordinator for Zambia since 2017.  She coordinates COSECSA activities in Country and reports to the Country Representative.   For all information regarding COSECSA issues contact her at

Neriser Sibanda

She is a COSECSA Country Coordinator for Zimbabwe. She is also an Administrator for Surgical Society of Zimbabwe and a Board Secretary for Love without Reason Trust.  She also runs an Events company in Zimbabwe.  Ms. Sibanda has a background in Quality Assurance and offers consultancy in different companies. She has vast experience in Administrative work, Credit Control and also Quality Assurance which she has attained for the past 15 years.