You are invited to submit your abstract for the upcoming 1st CANECSA Scientific Conference under the theme “Breaking New Ground: Integrating Anaesthesia in the Era of Cancer & Non-Communicable Diseases
Deadline for submission of abstracts is Friday 15th September 2022


MASERU – The East, Central and Southern Africa Health Community (ECSA-HC) has called on Lesotho to join its health colleges and get its medical practitioners trained as specialists in fields of their choice. Lesotho will not only benefit from having highly skilled medical specialists which will be trained at home, but will also finally address the shortage of specialists in the country. ECSA – HC has seven health sciences colleges in the African region which offer ‘college without walls’ kind of training in the fields of obstetrics and gynecology, anesthesiology, nursing and midwifery and surgery, to mention a few. Specialists are trained from their countries of residence or a place they choose to practice at within the ECSA region.

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CANECSA has 19 accredited hospitals across Member Countries (Eswatini, Burundi, Kenya, Namibia, Malawi, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe). We have 622+ trainees Accredited Trainers distributed across the region, providing access to training in urban and rural locations.

CANECSA invites online applications for the year 2023 from suitable candidates to be enrolled in accredited training sites throughout the ECSA region.

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Applications for 2023 MCA and FCA training programmes are now OPEN. Apply now


The College of Anaesthesiologists of East, Central and Southern Africa (CANECSA) has launched a map of the physician Anaesthesiologist workforce in the eight member countries of the College: Eswatini, Kenya, Malawi, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

The map helps to describe the distribution of the anaesthesiologist workforce at various levels, from national level right down to district level.

The map was produced in collaboration with the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI), the College of Surgeons of East, Central and Southern Africa (COSECSA), the College of Anaesthesiologists of Ireland (CAI), Queen’s University Belfast, the Anaesthesiology Association of Uganda and the University of California San Francisco. This work is supported by Irish Aid as part of the “Building Anaesthesia Training in the ECSA Region” collaborative programme.

The anaesthesiologist workforce is dynamic and data will be regularly updated. CANECSA welcomes feedback and updated information, please reach us through Greater detail on the composition of the workforce will be published in a peer reviewed journal in due course.

CANECSA Training Manual Launched

CANECSA is delighted to announce the publication of the CANECSA Training Manual. The purpose of this manual is to provide basic information about CANECSA training and examinations in one single place. This manual is suitable for CANECSA trainees and prospective trainees, as well as CANECSA trainers and anyone who may wish to know more about the CANECSA training programme. It will also be printed and distributed to CANECSA trainees and trainers in the coming months. It was produced in association with the partners of the “Building Anaesthesia Training in the ECSA Region” Programme, funded by Irish Aid.

The Smile Training in collaboration with CANECSA offers a two years scholarship to Fellow Candidates Anaesthesiologists who are currently enrolled at the college.

This collaborative programme aims to foster safety in patients through anaesthesia and critical care medicine education training and research.

Award component

Annual academic tuition fees

Annual stipend towards living expenses and access to IT

A travel allowance towards attendance at CANECSA exams and seminars in selected African countries (economy class) and attendance  of one short course per year in any of the CANECSA countries

Candidate’s conditions of eligibility

Must have admission letter form CANECSA

Demonstrate the potential to rise to positions of leadership and influence

Meet the minimum English language requirements for admission to CANECSA Fellowship training

Be domiciled in one of the CANECSA countries at the time of applying for the award and intend to work in their home country at the end of the scholarship

Have completed a MMed program or MCA qualification or the equivalent

Acknowledge the support of Smile Train through the Smile Train – CANECSA Scholarship programme

Eligible countries

CANECSA Constituent member countries; Eswatini, Kenya, Malawi, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe


Send a detailed cover letter and CV explaining why you should be considered for this scholarship to the email address below;

Deadline is 30th October 2021