Frequently Asked Questions

What does WiSA stand for?

WiSA is an acronym for Women in Surgery Africa.

Where is WiSA based?

WiSA is based in twelve countries across the COSECSA region: Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Mozambique, Malawi, Namibia, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. WiSA operates under the auspices of COSECSA which has its headquarters in Arusha, Tanzania.

How do I become a WiSA Member?

Simply complete our online Membership Application Form and pay the relevant subscription fee. We look forward to welcoming you to the WiSA community.

What are the advantages of being a WiSA Member?

Please see our Benefits of Membership section. You will also be eligible to participate in our mentorship programme, apply for WiSA grants and attend WiSA events.

Who are the surgeons pictured in the WiSA branding?

These are a representative group of some of the women surgeons working across the COSECSA region. Over the coming months you will have the opportunity to learn more about these surgeons through our #meetwomeninsurgeryafrica campaign.

If you are a female surgeon in Africa and would like to feature in future WiSA campaigns or share a blog post on our site about your experiences/ research/achievements please contact We would love to hear from you!

Why do we need an organization for women surgeons?

According to recent research, there are 108 practicing women surgeons in the COSECSA region, comprising just 7 per cent of the surgical workforce.

There is not a need for a “male surgeon” organisation since most of the surgical organisations are, as noted in the numbers above, comprised primarily of men with men in almost all the leadership positions.

WiSA membership is open to men, as well as women.

How can I support WiSA?

If you are becoming a mentor please complete our Mentorship Application Form.

If you are interested making a donation or establishing an institutional partnership with WiSA (through COSECSA) please email for more information.

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