Tuesday, 15 September 2015

The Jules Stein Eye Institute offers fellowship training to enable particularly well-qualified persons to receive and contribute to training in specific areas of ophthalmology. Clinical fellowship training combines outpatient, inpatient and surgical experience in an ophthalmic subspecialty. The fellow assumes increasing responsibility for patient care, under the supervision of faculty members responsible for the program. In addition to receiving instruction from faculty, the fellow instructs medical students and residents. Research is considered an important aspect of specialty training and a major prerequisite for assimilating future developments in ophthalmology. Fellows are expected to undertake independent investigation or to participate in one of the ongoing research projects in a basic or clinical field related to their specialty. Time is allotted appropriately for this experience, and its value is enhanced by careful supervision, availability of laboratory facilities, and access to technical assistance.

Wednesday, 9 September 2015

A grand opportunity to advocate and engage with a wider audience 

Friday, 4 September 2015

COECSA marked its 1st Fellow's Graduation Ceremony at the 3RD Annual COECSA Congress on 27th August 2015.
A fellow is the highest and most prestigious level of membership at the college bestowing the hallmark of professional excellence.

Dr Ibrahim Matende urges governors to recruit more eye 

specialists to curb the shortage

Delegates and medical scholars from 22 African countries have converged for a conference at the Sarova Whitesands Beach Resort in Mombasa County.
They are meeting under the Association of Medical Councils of Africa to develop protocols on reciprocal licensing for practitioners across the globe.
The chief executive officer of the Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Board, Mr Daniel Yumbya, said the protocols will deter deregistered medical practitioners from practicing in another country thereby risking the lives of patients.
“Some of the expected outcomes include protocols.
"For example, when a doctor is licensed to work in Kenya and wants to go and practice in Botswana, is Botswana going to accredit that Kenyan doctor to practice without any complications and problems?” Mr Yumbya wondered.
He said the doctors will also deliberate on licensing of foreign doctors due to an upsurge currently being experienced in Africa.
Speaking with journalists at the conference, Mr Yumbya said some of the foreign doctors are qualified though others have questionable qualifications and are putting the lives of patients at risk.
“We want to curb cases of doctors who have been deregistered in their mother countries due to indiscipline cases from crossing over to other countries and practice,” he said.
“We want to ensure only the best practitioners are allowed to work in our country. Medical tourism is also important. We want to know which country in Africa is giving universal health coverage,” he added.
The Kenyan doctors said although there are challenges facing the devolution of health, solutions must be found.
“At the end of the day, wananchi need services. Doctors are human beings; they have families to fend (for),” said Dr Ouma Oluga, the secretary-general of the Kenya Medical Practitioners, Pharmacists and Dentists Union.
Mr Yumbya insisted that the key thing in devolution is financing.
“We cannot sit back and watch as patients continue to suffer. If cash is given to the counties, if healthcare workers are motivated, paid adequately and promptly, then there would be no issues. We appeal to healthcare workers to be patient,” he said.
He said Kenya is privileged to hold the conference during the tenure of Prof George Magoha, the president of the Association of Medical Councils of Africa.
“Kenya is looking forward to (winning) the Friday elections. Prof Magoha will be back to lead the association,” he added.
Mr Yumbya said the conference gives the practitioners an opportunity to share experiences on the best and worst practices.
At the same time, it emerged that Kenya has a shortage of 900 ophthalmologists (eye specialists), with more than five counties lacking the practitioners.
Dr Ibrahim Matende, the president of the College of Ophthalmology of Eastern Central and Southern Africa said Africa has limited eye specialists and resources.
He said the international standard is about one eye specialist to a population of 200,000 people. However, Kenya has about 120 practitioners.
He said a majority of the eye specialists work in the cities, with Nairobi leading with about 25, Mombasa eight, Kisumu three while Kwale has one.
He said Turkana and Lamu counties have no eye specialists.
Dr Matende urged governors to recruit more eye specialists to curb the shortage, saying most eye ailments in Kenya are treatable.
“We need to be sure that we maintain standards that are above board", he said.
He said doctors in Kenya leave for greener pastures in other countries like Botswana due to a poor working environment, limited training opportunities and poor remuneration.
He added that devolution of health services was rushed and doctors’ welfare was not addressed.
“We are running short of human resources in Africa while our specialists are soaring high overseas. African countries should train more eye specialists,” he added.
Meru Governor Peter Munya, the chairman of the Council of Governors, Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho, Health Cabinet Secretary James Macharia and Director of Medical Services Nicholas Muraguri are among the expected guests at the conference.

Thursday, 11 June 2015

Dear Young Ophthalmologist,

On behalf of YOF-Kenya team, it is my great pleasure to invite you to an exciting forum, where we will get to interact, discuss issues that affect us as young ophthalmologists in Kenya and chart the way forward for COECSA Young Ophthalmologist Forum-Kenya Chapter. The forum will be held on Saturday, 4Th of July 2015 at Bonds Restaurant in Upper Hill, Nairobi from 2pm onwards.

The primary objective of this activity is to promote “a vibrant network of upcoming eye care professionals able to advance policy change at national and regional levels”.  We will get to discuss issues of how young ophthalmologists can take up leadership and advance policy change both locally and in the region.
Kindly confirm your participation with Dr. Kareko (ckareks@yahoo.com) or Grace (grace@coecsa.org) by 20Th June for planning purposes. Your active participation will be appreciated. COECSA, with the generous support of its partners and Harleys Limited shall sponsor the event. A meal and drinks will be served.
I look forward to seeing you all at this professionally rewarding forum.
Dr. Catherine Kareko
For and on behalf of YOF- Kenya Chapter

Ref: Resident reasearch award for best Abstract selcted at the 3rd annual COECSA congress 2015

COECSA hereby wishes to notify all final year residents of research awards for the best abstract submitted for the presentation at the upcoming 3rd Annual COECSA Annual Scientific Congress in August 27-28, 2015 at Naivasha, Kenya.

This research award has been made possible by our partner Orbis Africa under the Human Resources for Eye Health strengthening Initiative for Sub Saharan Africa. Residents who finished their training in 2014 and did not submit their abstracts for the 2014 COECSA congress are eligible to participate in this year’s awards call.

Selection Criteria:
The COECSA Research Committee will evaluate and determine the winning abstract submitted, the awarded shall be notified in good time of their selection and honored at the congress’ gala dinner on the 27th of August 2015.

Category & award:
a)     U$D 1,500 - Best Abstract for Oral Presentation courtesy of Orbis Africa. (This award will be presented in form of support for one resident to attend and present their paper during the August 2015 Congress)

All abstracts must be submitted within the stipulated timeline of June 30th to the congress Organizing Committee at abstracts2015@coecsa.org

COECSA Secretariat


Tuesday, 2 June 2015

Leadership Training for Ophthalmologists in Sub Saharan Africa.

The African Ophthalmology Council (AOC) in collaboration with the ICO, AAO and COECSA will be starting its first leadership training for Ophthalmologists in Sub Saharan Africa.

The first session will take place 2 days towwards the College of Ophthalmology of Eastern ,Central and South Africa 3RD Annual Scientific Congress in Naivasha, Kenya, Scheduled for 27th  -28th  August, 2015.

COECSA strongly requests the Young Ophthalmologists' participation at this leadership development program (LDP). You are requested to nominate one participant to represent Young Ophthalmologists at the first leadership development program event.

For correspondence, the Email address to use is info@coecsa.org

You shall be receiving further communication from Dr. Kunle directly concerning the nomination process and any other information towards the LDP event.

Leadership Development Program
                                     LDP Class of 2017
Anglophone Section


Leadership Development Program


The African Ophthalmology Council!!(AOC) is the regional Eye Society representing Sub Saharan Africa countries. The AOC invites National and Regional Eye Societies in Sub Saharan Africa to Sponsor Ophthalmologists to its new Leadership Development Program.

For questions about the Program please see below information or email Dr. Kunle Hassan (President, AOC) at KunleHassan@EyeFoundationHospital.com.



The purpose of the Leadership Development Program is to provide both personal & Organizational orientation & skill development to future leaders of Regional & National Eye Societies in Sub Sahara.

a. Identify individuals with the potential to become leaders in Ophthalmology.
b. Provide orientation and skills to allow potential leaders to promote Ophthalmology locally, nationally & across the African continent.
c. Facilitate the promotion of program graduates into leadership positions locally, nationally and across Sub Saharan Africa.

A. Only National and Regional societies may submit a program participant nomination to the AOC Leadership Development Program Selection Committee.

b. A National society may nominate one Ophthalmologist to participate At the discretion of
AOC Leadership Development Program Selection Committee, a hosting Regional and a
Hosting National society may be allowed to have additional observing participants

c. Nominee must be a current member of the nominating society and must be a current member in good standing of the participating Regional society.

d. Nominee must have a minimum of 5 years membership in the nominating National society.

e. Nominee must agree to participate in all elements of the Leadership Development Program as noted in the program outline (i.e. attend all designated meetings).

f. Nominee must agree to develop a project over the course of his/her participation in the program that will benefit the nominating society. Participant will identify and outline the project by January 2016 and will submit an abstract describing the project goals, objectives and status by July 2016.

g. Cost of participation will be shared by the African Ophthalmology Council, the Nominating
National and Regional societies and the individual participate (see “Cost sharing” chart)

h. Estimated annual Leadership Development Program class size: 17L20 participants.


National Host Societies
Regional Society COECSA
Agenda materials,
Resource books and meeting preparation.

Social events –i.e.
receptions, selected
dinners for COESCA

Registration fee for
Scientific conference.

Airfare and lodging
For COECSA 2015 in
Naivasha, Kenya.

Speakers, consultants, moderators

Social events–i.e.
Receptions, selected
Dinners for COESCA

Registration fee for
Scientific conference.

Airfare and lodging
For COECSA 2016 in Tanzania
Registration fee
For 2017 AOC Congress

Social events –i.e. receptions, selected dinners for AOC
Congress 2017

Airfare and lodging
For 2017 AOC Congress