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College of Ophthalmologists for Eastern, Central and Southern Africa (COECSA)

ICO Member Number of Members: 450

The College of Ophthalmology of Eastern Central and Southern Africa (COECSA) is a specialized virtual college. The college was registered in 2012 after a merger between Eastern Africa College of Ophthalmologists (EACO) and Ophthalmological Society of Eastern Africa (OSEA). The aim of this college is to address the chronic shortage of ophthalmologists in Eastern, Central &Southern Africa as well as improve the quality of eye care services in the region.

COECSA's mandate is: to contribute to Human Resources for Health (HRH) through quality training in ophthalmology; set standards for professional ophthalmic practice; facilitate continuous professional development; and,
promote research which advances ophthalmology in the region.

Its establishment was informed by similar initiatives as those of the medical colleges in South Africa and United Kingdom. COECSA, however, aims to address the unique needs in Eastern, Central & Southern Africa, based on evidence and priorities identified in the region.

COECSA relates closely with other players in eye health and allied sectors through interventions in the Eastern, Central &Southern Africa region comprising Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, Malawi, Ethiopia, South Sudan (Republic) and Zambia. COECSA is a constituent member college of the Eastern, Central &Southern Africa -College of Health Sciences (ECSA -CHS).


Eye Health for all in Eastern, Central and Southern Africa.


Improve the quality of eye care through training, research and advocacy; provide leadership in eye care; and create a forum for exchange of ophthalmic skills, knowledge and resources in Eastern, Central and Southern Africa.

Strategic Goals:

• Adequate number of quality ophthalmologists equitably distributed and retained
• Eye health is fully integrated in the health system
• Evidence-based eye health policy and practice
• A strong organization able to deliver programmes effectively, efficiently and sustainably

Core Values:

• Quality and professional excellence
• Continuous professional learning and development
• Partnerships and collaboration
• Regional harmonization
• Innovation
• Transparency and accountability
• Equity and inclusiveness

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