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 ( or Grace ( 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

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

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



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