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The Collaboration Programme

Since 2007, RCSI and the College of Surgeons of East, Central and Southern Africa (COSECSA) have been working together to increase the number of trained surgeons and improve the quality of surgical care in sub-Saharan Africa.

This Collaboration Programme between the two colleges is funded by the Irish public, through the State’s development arm, Irish Aid. It is governed by a steering committee which is 50% Irish-based and 50% African-based. The aim of the programme is to create a sustainable training institution which can rapidly increase the number of surgical specialists and improve surgical care in the region.

Through the Collaboration Programme, RCSI has provided COSECSA with support and expertise in a number of activities including:

  • Designing and reviewing curricula
  • Writing OSCE scenarios
  • Administering and delivering exams at Membership and Fellowship levels
  • Developing bespoke e-learning resources
  • Building a research culture and strengthening the ECAJS journal
  • College administration and business development
  • Financial planning and fundraising
  • Leadership and governance

These activities are laid out and budgeted in a formal work plan, which is managed on a day to day basis by the Programme Director. Activities are undertaken in Ireland and in the East, Central and Southern Africa region.

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