COECSA’s work mainly revolves around the following strategic areas:
Supporting Human Resources for Health (HRH):
COECSA contributes to the development of HRH through making grants for residency scholarships, student rotation, continuous medical education, subspecialty training and supporting residency and middle-level eye care staff training curriculum. COECSA also supports North-South linkages between institutions in the global South and those in the global North to foster collaborative learning and research. Currently the five COECSA member universities have on-going mutually beneficial links with Guy’s and St. Thomas’ Foundation Trust, London; University Hospital Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust; United Bristol Healthcare Trust; and, Royal Free Hospital, London. The College has a link with the Royal College of Ophthalmologists, UK.
COECSA supports different types of research that advance eye care in the region. These include policy research to enhance evidence-based policy development in eye care, clinical research to improve skills and knowledge in ophthalmology, and epidemiological and operational research to enhance interventions in eye care. The research findings are published in reputable ophthalmic journals in the region and beyond.
COECSA has been facilitating development of infrastructure for eye care in teaching universities in Eastern Africa to support ophthalmology eye training as well as service delivery. This includes building new units, refurbishing existing facilities and providing equipment. This is in an effort to improve the capacities of the teaching units to provide quality training for the students.
Public Policy and Advocacy:
COECSA has been a champion of health policy reform in the region. COECSA advocates for pro-people health policy that is evidence-based and that promotes equity, access, and efficiency in healthcare.