The COSECSA 19th AGM and Graduation Ceremony will be held on 5th December followed by the Scientific Conference on 5th and 7th December 2018 in Kigali, Rwanda.


The College of Surgeons of East, Central and Southern Africa (COSECSA) in partnership with the Rwanda Surgical Society (the COSECSA Rwanda Chapter) will conduct the 2018 MCS and FCS Clinical/Viva examinations on 3rd – 4th December 2018 AGM in Kigali, Rwanda. This will be followed by th AGM and Graduation Ceremony on 5th December. The International Scientific Conference that will take place on 5th - 7th December 2018 in Kigali, Rwanda. The conference will be jointly organized by the Rwanda Surgical Society, the Alliance for Surgery and Anesthesia Presence (or ASAP, a Swiss - based international organization) under the auspices of the Rwanda Ministry of Health (MOH). The Rwanda Society of Anesthesiologists and Rwanda Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists are also closely involved in the Conference. The conference themes will focus on SURGICAL INFECTIONS AND SAFETY and the National Surgical, Anesthesia and Obstetric Plan. The event will attract over 500 surgeons, anesthesiologists, obstetricians, policy makers, international organizations and private healthcare manufacturers from Africa, US, Europe, Australia and other parts of the world.

The College of Surgeons of East, Central and Southern Africa (COSECSA)

COSECSA is a regional surgeons' organization that provides surgical training throughout the region of East, Central and Southern Africa. COSECSA is a non-profit making body that currently has membership of 12 countries in the Sub-Saharan region including Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe, South Soudan. COSECSA is recognized by the Rwanda High Education Council as a cross-border postgraduate training institution and is accredited by the Rwanda Medical and Dental Council. COSECSA's primary objective is to advance education, training, standards, research & practice in surgical care in this region. COSECSA delivers a common surgical training programme with a common exit examination internationally recognized surgical qualification. COSECS examinations are carried out in partnership with world surgical colleges such as the Royal College of surgeons of Ireland, the Royal College of surgeons of Edinburgh, the American College of surgeons, the Royal College of surgeons of Canada, the South African College of Surgeons, the West Africa College of Surgeons and others. COSECSA delivers two levels of qualifications: (i) membership (a mid-level 2 years surgical competence in general surgery) and fellowships (surgical exit examination) in General Surgery (5 years training), Orthopedics (5 years training), Urology (5 years training), Pediatric Surgery (5 years training), Otorhinolaryngology (5 years training), Plastic Surgery ( 5 years training) , Neurosurgery (6 years training) and a Super Specialty qualification in Pediatric Orthopedics Surgery (2 years training) and Cardiothoracic surgery (5 years of training) Rwanda joined COSECSA in 2008 and organized its 2009 AGM in Kigali when His Excellency the President of the Republic of Rwanda accepted COSECSA’s request, of being the Patron.

The Alliance for Surgery and Anesthesia Presence (ASAP)

The ASAP was founded in 2007 and registered in Switzerland as an international organization and integral part of the World Society of Surgery (WSS) to provide an international forum for exchanging information, developing new knowledge, and advocating for universal access to safe, timely, affordable anesthesia and emergency and essential surgical care globally, especially in low and middle-income countries and other high need areas. The mission of ASAP is to provide the evidence base to effectively advocate for access to safe, quality, timely surgery and anesthesia as an essential component of global public health.

The Rwanda Surgical Society

Rwanda Surgical Society (RSS) was formed in 2007 and it has a mandate to improve surgical care to Rwandan population and to improve the welfare of surgeons. RSS also operates as a COSECSA local chapter. Rwanda surgical society is involved in surgical education of Rwandan and through different programs; we provide basic surgical training to non-Surgeons physicians. The Rwanda Surgical Society will host the 2018 COSECSA conference in Kigali, Rwanda. The conference will offer researchers, surgical care providers, policy makers from all over the world, interested in the field of global surgery, a platform to discuss surgical infections and access to safe surgery, anesthesia and obstetrics.

Surgical Infections

Surgical infections threaten the lives of millions of patients each year and contribute to the spread of antibiotic resistance worldwide. In low- and middle-income countries, 11% of patients who undergo surgery are infected and up to 20% of women who have a caesarean section contract a wound infection. Worldwide, surgical infections contribute to increased length of hospital stay and cost. In low-and middle-income countries, infections are not only caused by surgery, but also are the indications of Surgery. Of every 100 hospitalized patients at any given time, seven in developed and 15 in developing countries will acquire at least one Health care Associated Infection (HAI). The endemic burden of HAI is also significantly (at least 2-3 times) higher in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) than in high-income nations, particularly in patients admitted to intensive care units, and neonates. Though the World Health Organization has launched the international guidelines on prevention of surgical sites infections in 2016, there is still limited data from low and middle-income countries in the field of surgical infection. Researchers will bring together their experience of global surgical infections issues that will guide the practice and generate new avenues for research especially in Africa

Global Surgery

Global Surgery is defined as an area of study, research, practice, and advocacy that seeks to improve health outcomes and achieve health equity for all people who need surgical and anesthesia care, with a special emphasis on underserved populations and populations in crisis. It uses collaborative, cross-sectoral, and transnational approaches and is a synthesis of population-based strategies with individual surgical and anesthesia care
The health care delivery has improved throughout the world, however there is still a huge gap in certain areas like management of surgically treatable conditions. More than five billion people worldwide cannot access safe, timely and affordable surgery. There is inequity of the distribution of surgical care where 30% of the population from rich countries receive 73.6% of the surgical procedures while the poorest third receives only 3.5 to 6%. Even within countries, the maximum number of surgeons and anesthesia providers are concentrated in urban areas. Global health in the past has focused on single diseases, rather than developing integrated health system. Surgical care has been neglected in developing countries, yet surgery is an important solution to many diseases.
To improve access to surgical care, the Lancet Commission on Global Surgery has established a framework for a National Surgical, Anesthesia and Obstetrics plan (NSAOP) that addresses five major domains of surgical systems development: infrastructure, workforce, service delivery, information management, and financing. Each domain consists of several components, selected to be representative but not exhaustive elements for systems development within that domain. The World Health Organization General Assembly in May 2015 adopted the Resolution 68.15 requesting all countries to integrate safe surgery, anesthesia and obstetrics in their health strategic plans as an integral part of Universal Health Coverage (UHC). It is in that context that the Rwanda Ministry of Health in partnership with the Rwanda Surgical Society and the Harvard Medical School Program in Global Surgery and Social Change (PGSSC) conducted a baseline hospital assessment and drafted the Rwanda NSAOP. The national surgical plan will serve as a roadmap towards improving surgical care provision to the population of Rwanda.
Countries, international organizations, healthcare industries will have a whole day session presenting the NSAOPs, assessing the progress by the early implementers and allowing others to learn from their experience.

Purpose and Objectives of the 2018 Annual Scientific Conference

The purpose of the conference is to bring together surgeons, anesthetists, and other health care providers from all over the world, in order to discuss about surgical infections and safety and Global Surgery issues. By the end of the conference, participants will have:

  • reviewed the data from hospitals’ infections control and prevention units.
  • learnt the prevalence and outcome of nosocomial and community acquired infections from.
  • set the strategies of prevention and management of surgical infections
  • understood the NSAOP process from the design to the ownership by the countries policy makers, the healthcare providers, the partners and the manufactures the role of global surgery in improving safety of patients with surgical infections

9. Abstract submission

  • Deadline for submission: 31 August 2018
  • Deadline for acceptance: 15 September 2018

Conference Registration Fees

  1. Surgeon
    • COSECSA Fellow based in Africa 100 USD
    • COSECSA Overseas Fellow based in Africa 150 USD
    • COSECSA Overseas Fellow based outside Africa 250 USD
    • Non-COSECSA Fellow based in Africa 300 USD
    • Non-COSECSA Fellow based outside Africa 350 USD
  2. Surgical Trainee
    • COSECSA Member 75 USD
    • Non-COSECSA Member 75 USD
  3. Anaethestist
    • With COSECSA Associate Membership based in Africa 100 USD
    • With COSECSA Associate Membership based outside Africa 125 USD
    • Based in Africa 300 USD
    • Based outside Africa 350 USD
  4. Other Physician
    • COSECSA Member Specialist based in Africa 100 USD
    • COSECSA Member Specialist based outside Africa 125 USD
    • Other Physician based in Africa 300 USD
    • Other Physician based outside Africa 350 USD
  5. Medical Officer 300 USD
  6. Clinical Officer 300 USD
  7. Nurse 300 USD
  8. Medical Student 30 USD
  9. Non medical participants 150 USD
  • Registration deadline:30 October 2018

Payment modalities: participants are highly encouraged to register ahead of time and pay the registration fees on time
  • Account number: 00040-00297982-31
  • Account number: Rwanda Surgical Society
  • Bank Name : Bank Of Kigali
  • Swift Code : BKIGRWRW
  • The Rwanda Surgical Society (RSS) Local Organizing Committee (LOC)




    Prof. Emile Rwamasirabo


    Dr. Faustin Ntirenganya


    Dr. Egide Abahuje


    Dr. Florence Umurangwa

    Scientific Committee Chair

    Dr. George Ntakiyiruta


    Prof. Martin Nyundo

    Prof. Emmy Nkusi

    Dr. Jean-Claude Byiringiro

    Dr. Edmond Ntaganda

    Dr. Christophe Mpirimbanyi

    Dr. Emmanuel Muhawenimana

    Dr. David Hakizimana

    Dr. Fidele Byiringiro

    Ms. Mercy Kamukama (Administrative Assistant)


    Ms. Rosemary Mugwe (ceo@cosecsa.org) COSECSCA CEO Arusha, Tanzania




    Prof. Emile Rwamasirabo


    +(250) 788356647

    Dr. Faustin Ntirenganya


    +(250) 788732667

    Ms. Mercy Kamukama


    +(250) 788575693

    Prof. NYUNDO Martin, MD, MMED

    President, Rwanda Surgical Society

    RSS website: www.rss.rw