Strategic Plan

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Women in Surgery Africa is currently preparing its first Strategic Plan 2016-2018.

 

To inform this process we are holding a consultation process. We would love to hear your views on how WiSA can best serve you and effectively fulfil our mandate.

 

You can have your say by completing our short survey or submitting a written proposal to wisa@cosecsa.org by 4 March 2016. 

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For more information please see below:  

 

WHY IS WOMEN IN SURGERY AFRICA (WiSA) HOLDING A CONSULTATION?

Women in Surgery Africa (WiSA) was launched in December 2015 and is publishing its first Strategic Plan in March 2016.

This Strategic Plan will guide our work for the period of 2016-18. We are committed to preparing this Strategy in a way that listens to the views of interested organisations and individuals.

WHAT IS A CONSULTATION?

The process of consultation is an extremely important concept in the context of managing an organisation. Organisations exist to create value for stakeholders and consultation is a process by which the management of the organisation (the WiSA Board) aims to better understand the needs, wants and expectations of stakeholders, so that value can be created.

Consultation is an active process which opens formal and informal communication channels between the organisation and its stakeholders.

WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF THE WiSA  CONSULTATION?

The purpose of the WiSA Consultation is:

  1. To invite stakeholders to provide advice to the WiSA Board about their needs, wants and expectations. In other words, tell WiSA what value stakeholders want and how WiSA can provide this value.
  2. To invite stakeholders to comment on plans that have been created by the WiSA Board so as to provide this value requested by stakeholders.

We welcome your views on our goals and direction in the future.

WHO IS THE CONSULTATION FOR?

We would like to hear from a wide variety of people, groups and organisations who are interested in, and concerned surgical training and care, global health, women’s rights and equality including:

  • WiSA Members
  • Female Surgeons in Africa/Members of Women in Surgery groups worldwide
  • COSECSA Members & Fellows
  • Global Health Stakeholders
  • Non-Governmental Organisations concerned with healthcare in Africa

WHAT IS THE WiSA CONSULTATION ABOUT?

WiSA are proposing five goals:

Goal 1: Increase participation of women in surgery/surgical training in Africa.

Goal 2: Provide training, research and career professional development opportunities for women surgeons/trainees.

Goal 3: Develop sustainable partnerships with national/international stakeholders.

Goal 4: Raise awareness of gender equality in surgery.

Goal 5: Develop WiSA’s organisational capacity.

Our goals were developed in the context of our mandate and functions as set out under our by-laws and under the Constitution of the College of Surgeons of East, Central and Southern Africa (COSECSA).

 QUESTIONS TO GUIDE THE CONSULTATION PROCESS:
 
Are you interested in becoming a member/ supporting Women in Surgery Africa (WiSA)?
Do you agree with the five goals set out for WiSA’s Strategic Plan 2016 – 2018?
What tools might WiSA develop which would help you in your professional/personal development?
What, if any, advantages have you encountered as a woman in surgery?
What, if any, challenges have you encountered as a woman in surgery?
What could be the likely impact, including practical changes, that you would like WiSA to make?

HOW CAN I HAVE MY SAY?

You can contribute to the WiSA Consultation in a number of ways:

  • You can complete our online survey (www.surveymonkey.com/r/WiSASurvey)
  • You can send a written response outlining your comments to wisa@cosecsa.org
  • You may be invited to attend a consultation meeting with the WiSA Board.

All submissions must be received by 4th March 2016.

WHAT HAPPENS AFTER THE CONSULTATION?

We will prepare a report of the consultation based on the feedback we receive. This will be published on the WiSA website and will inform the development of the WiSA Strategic Plan 2016 – 2018 which will be launched in March 2016.

WHERE CAN I GET MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE CONSULTATION?

Information on the Consultation is available on our website www.womeninsurgeryafrica.org. You can also contact us at: wisa@cosecsa.org

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