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In another important development within
the last 12 months, COSECSA signed
a memorandum of agreement with the
Global Alliance for Surgical, Obstetric,
Trauma and Anaesthesia Care the G4
Alliance. The Alliance, of which RCSI
is a member, is dedicated to building
political priority for surgical care as part
of the global development agenda.
Professor Pankaj Jani, Secretary General of
COSECSA, has been elected Vice-Chair of
the Alliance Board of Directors.
The last 12 months have also seen a
strengthening of resources for the training
body with the arrival of the COSECSA
Mobile Surgical Skills Unit in Arusha
in Tanzania. The unit is equipped with
sophisticated technology simulators
and will help to train young surgeons
in hospitals across five of the ten
COSECSA countries: Kenya, Uganda,
Burundi, Rwanda and Tanzania. It can
accommodate 10 surgical trainees at
one time and delivers surgical training
to world-class standards. Ultimately, the
intention is to broaden the scope of this
initiative to encompass all the countries
served by COSECSA. The provision of the
unit came about as a result of the efforts
of the ongoing partnership between RCSI,
Irish Aid and COSECSA.
My first year as President has afforded
me a comprehensive perspective of the
College's activities and has reinforced my
view of the exceptional and invaluable role
which RCSI plays in the global healthcare
arena. RCSI is an innovative, future-
oriented institution with a wonderful
heritage, and its continued success is
driven by the exceptional work ethic of its
staff led by our Chief Executive, Professor
Cathal Kelly and his Senior Management
With the support of Council, Professor
Kelly and his team provide the strategic
leadership and creativity that will ensure
our continued success into the future. I
am very grateful to all of them, and to the
Vice-President and the Council members,
for their dedication and commitment to
this unique College.
The Alliance is
dedicated to
building political
priority for surgical
care as part of the
global development
Mr Declan J. Magee, RCSI President; Mr Joe Costello, former Minister of State for Trade and Development and Mr Francis Kaikumba, CEO of COSECSA at the launch
of a Mobile Surgical Skills Unit which set sail from Dublin for Tanzania to assist the surgical care crisis in Africa.