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”

What makes COPECSA different?

COPECSA Fellows across Africa
Countries represented.
International Students.
Teaching faculty with 80 professors
Students receive financial aid and selected via entrance test.
Students teacher ratio.

Meet the team

Prof. Ephata E. Kaaya

President, COPECSA
Chair, Executive Committee

Professor Ephata Elikana Kaaya obtained his MD degree from the University of Dar es Salaam in 1981. On completion of his undergraduate medical training, he was awarded a Foreign Fellowship in Anatomical and General Pathology at the University of Alabama, Birmingham.

Prof. Rajiv T. Erasmus

Vice Principal, Sr. Chemistry Teacher

Professor Erasmus received his early education in India, Malaysia, Ghana and Nigeria. He completed his medical studies (University of Ibadan) and specialist training in Nigeria and the U.K.

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

Dr. Shahin Sayed graduated from the University of Nairobi in 1997 with a MMEd in General Pathology. She has since been in practice in Histo/Cyto Pathology at the Departments of Pathology at Kenyatta National Hospital and from 2005 at the Aga Khan University Hospital (AKUHN)

Dr. Robert Lukande

Assistant Secretary General, COPECSA

Dr Lukande is a lecturer in the Department of Pathology at the College of Health Sciences, Makerere University in Uganda.  He is the current President of the Association of Pathologists of East, Central and Southern Africa (APECSA) and a founder Fellow of COPECSA.  

Dr. Edda Vuhahula

Treasurer, COPECSA

Dr. Vuhahula is a Pathologist at Muhimbili National Hospital and a senior lecturer at Muhimbili University of Allied and Health Sciences in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.  She obtained her PhD in Pathology from Hiroshima University in 1995 and is a Founding Fellow of the College of Pathologists of East, Central and Southern Africa (COPECSA).

Dr Edwin Walong

Assistant Treasurer, COPECSA

Dr Walong is a Consultant pathologist the Kenyatta National Hospital, Nairobi, Kenya a teaching and referral hospital that houses the University of Nairobi Medical School where he lectures Anatomical Pathology to both undergraduate and postgraduate students.


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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