Building Anaesthesia Training in the ECSA Region

The shortage of safe anaesthesia providers is now one of the most significant barriers to the provision of safe surgery in East, Central and Southern Africa – there is no safe surgery without anaesthesia.

Four colleges have come together in a unique partnership programme to support anaesthesiology training in East, Central and Southern Africa:

This Irish Aid funded partnership initiative builds on the established RCSI/COSECSA Collaboration Programme and is project managed by the RCSI Institute of Global Surgery.

This programme aims to build on local anaesthesia training programmes in the eight CANECSA member countries: Kenya, Malawi, Rwanda, Eswatini, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

The partner colleges support CANECSA to accredit training sites in the region, develop curricula and training material, provide training opportunities and hold internationally benchmarked anaesthesia Fellowship exams.

This programme is funded by the Irish public through the State's development arm, Irish Aid, as part of the RCSI/COSECSA Collaboration Programme.

Selected CANECSA achievements in 2020 and 2021, supported by this collaboration:

  • Establishment of the CANECSA Secretariat
  • Launch of a bespoke e-learning platform, website and other communication channels
  • 104 CANECSA fellows trained online by the CAI in examination technique
  • 13 Trainers trained and certified jointly by RCSI and CAI
  • In October 2020, CANECSA held the historic first multi-country collegiate anaesthesiology examinations in the region, with 35 candidates undertaking exams. 19 new Fellows will graduate in 2021 as fully qualified anaesthesiologists
  • CANECSA accepted its first ever intake to its training programmes in 2021