The College of Ophthalmology of Eastern Central and Southern Africa (COECSA) is a specialist virtual college, that plays a pivotal role in building a skilled eye force to provide quality eye care in the Eastern, Central & Southern African region and supporting global research initiatives to tackle common eye care challenges worldwide. COECSA seeks to improve the number and quality of eye care workers in the region, through training, leadership and promoting standards of best practice, research, and advocacy. With digitalization of healthcare services playing a focal role in shaping the future of delivering patient care and COECSA placing a premium on partnership to produce sustainable results, a key highlight from 2023 was the successful completion of 116 written examinations administered online in the first ever COESCA online examinations.
With over 9000 eye care professionals contributing to the delivery of eye health services across the patient pathway within the COECSA region, these virtual platforms, and opportunities for continuing medical education provide immense value to help support COECSA ’s mandate to:
- Contribute to human resources for health through quality training in ophthalmology
- Set standards for professional ophthalmic practice
- Facilitate continuing professional development
- Contribute to health policy development
- Promote research which advances ophthalmology in the region
These platforms help us to continue learning and innovating in Africa to help support ophthalmology care worldwide.
For more information about COECSA, responsible persons and day to day activities, please visit: https://coecsa.org
The History of COECSA
The College of Ophthalmology of Eastern Central and Southern Africa (COECSA) as we know today, was formed in 2012 from the merging of the Eastern Africa College of Ophthalmologists (EACO) and the Ophthalmological Society of Eastern Africa (COESCA) to strengthen and unify the regions training.
However, the activities and initiatives of the original societies within the region date back to 1971, with the founding of the Ophthalmological Society of East Africa (OSEA) that served to help train the regions ophthalmology community. The activities of the EACO, date back to 1997 where support in terms of training and research to improve the quality of eye care services in the Eastern Africa region were initiated and was officially incorporated in 2001. By 2005, the breadth of coverage was extended to a training arm in Uganda, as a regional training arm. During the 52 years of educational efforts in the region, we are proud of the continuous achievements and developments in the region.
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