COPECSA | College of Pathologists of Central Eastern & Southern Africa

About us

‘Excellence in Pathology for Better Health’

COPECSA ​aims at promoting excellence in the practice of Pathology and being responsible for maintaining standards through training, examinations & professional development for the benefit of patients and the improved understanding and outcome of disease.


Our History

The idea of a regional college of pathology is probably as old as the Association of Pathologists of East, Central and Southern Africa (APECSA), which was started in 1991 the body that finally midwifed the birth of the College of Pathologists of East, Central and Southern A frica (COPECSA).

From the APECSA 2004 AGM in Kampala, during the APECSA Presidency of Prof. Ephata Kaaya, and subsequently  APECSA 2006 AGM in Arusha under the APECSA Presidency of Dr. Jamila Rajab, COPECSA was established in 2012  with a constitution, bylaws and formation of the first Council led by the Executive Committee under the Presidency of Prof Ephata Kaaya

The purpose of COPECSA is to promote excellence in the practice of pathology as well as be responsible for maintaining standards through training, examinations and professional development for the benefit of patients and the improved understanding of disease throughout the world.

COPECSA believes in old-fashioned values paired with creativity and innovation by upholding traditional values that are devoted to excellence and grounded in professionalism, integrity, accountability, equity, and ethical practice.

Our Ethos

Our goal
“To establish a regional and internationally recognized College that supports and informs medical and laboratory practice and ensures quality Pathology in Africa.”
“To develop and promote leadership and excellence in the safe practice of pathology through training, accreditation, advocacy and professional development for quality health.”
“To develop highly competent and ethical specialist workforce in Pathology able to provide quality laboratory services for diagnosis, prevention and management of disease and also for research to international standards”

Meet the team

Prof. Ephata E. Kaaya

President, COPECSA
Chair, Executive Committee

Kilimanjaro Christian Medical University College

Prof. Rajiv T. Erasmus

Vice President, COPECSA

Stellenbosch University

Prof. Rudo Mutasa

Registrar, COPECSA

University of Zimbabwe

Dr. Edda Vuhahula

Treasurer, COPECSA

Muhimbili National Hospital / Muhimbili University of Allied and Health Sciences

Dr Edwin Walong

Assistant Treasurer, COPECSA

University of Nairobi

Dr. Shahin Sayed, a consultant pathologist and senior faculty in the department of pathology at Aga Khan University-1

Dr. Shahin Sayed

Secretary General, COPECSA

Aga Khan University Hospital, Nairobi

Dr. Robert Lukande

Assistant Secretary General, COPECSA

Makerere University

Dr. Jamilla Rajab

Chair - Finance and General Purpose Committee, COPECSA

University of Nairobi

Dr. Victor Mudenda

Chair- Education, Scientific and Examination and Credentials Committee, COPECSA

University Teaching Hospital (UTH) - Lusaka

COPECSA Council Members


Professor Mathew Tanko

Dr Louis Ngendahayo

Dr Melisachew Mulatu

Professor Angela Amayo
Professor Peter Ojwang
Professor Lucy Muchiri
Professor Jessie Githanga
Dr Ahmed Makata
Dr Jamilla Rajab
Dr Ahmed Kalebi
Dr David Chumba
Dr Shahin Sayed
Dr Geoffery Omuse

Dr Charles Dzamalala

Professor Rajiv Erasmus

Professor Ephata Elikana Kaaya
Professor James Kitinya
Dr Edda Vuhahula

Professor Henry Wabinga
Professor Lynnette Tumwine
Dr Rober Lukande

Dr Victor Mudenda

Professor Rudo Mutasa


Our reach

Our reach within East Central and Southern Africa (ECSA) for training faculty and junior pathologists 2019 was 28 in total from the countries below.

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