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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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


The College of Anaesthesiologists East Central and Southern Africa (CANECSA) has the pleasure of welcoming nineteen (19) new Fellows to the College. Having successfully completed the CANECSA written and clinical examinations during the very challenging times and circumstances because of COVID 19 pandemic, they are now Fellows by Examination of the College of Anaesthesiologists of East, Central and Southern Africa – FCA (ECSA)

They must be commended for their performance in very challenging times and circumstances because of the COVID 19 pandemic. Due to the pandemic situation in the region, the only in-person graduation ceremony took place for the new Malawian Fellows, other graduands will graduate virtually on September 2021.

The new Fellows joined the college in May 2020 as fellowship trainees who undertook online training and written and clinical examinations. The college had a total of 23 fellowship candidates of whom 19 are making history as the first CANECSA Fellows by Examination. This is the huge milestone for CANECSA and its partners who have walked the talk.

 “The Anaesthesiologists who have officially become Fellows of CANECSA, have brought so much joy to me as a president and have done us proud. We are grateful for our partners who have continued supporting us until today we are setting a history of the college”, said the president of the college – Dr. Mpoki Ullisubisya.

About CANECSA: CANECSA is the College of Anaesthesiologists of East, Central and Southern Africa. Constituent member countries are Eswatini, Namibia, Kenya, Malawi, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. The college was founded in 2011 with an aim of advancing education, standards, and research in safe anaesthesia and critical care for the people of East, Central and Southern Africa. CANECSA is an affiliate college of the East, Central and Southern Africa College of Health Sciences.

Membership: The College is comprised of Fellows, Members and Associate Members.

Partners: RCSI, CAI, CANECSA Alliance, Deckermed and COSECSA