We make healthcare
facilities safer and better

COHASASA conducts quality improvement programmes and accreditation in a wide range of healthcare facilities – hospitals, clinics, hospices, day clinics and consulting rooms – on the continent of Africa.

What we do

COHSASA works to strengthen and improve
health systems through standardisation, quality improvement, and accreditation.

COHSASA, along with its second edition of Healthcare Facility Standards and its Surveyor Training Programme, has received accreditation from the International Society for Quality in Health Care External Evaluation Association (IEEA), valid until 2027. The IEEA offers third-party external evaluation services to health and social care organisations, as well as standards-developing bodies worldwide.

Improving healthcare. One facility at a time.

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Why Use

COHSASA is the only internationally-recognised, quality improvement accreditation body for healthcare facilities in Sub-Saharan Africa.

The COHSASA Mission

To assist healthcare facilities in Africa and developing countries to deliver quality healthcare through sustained improvement, using internationally recognised standards, patient safety principles, and operational research.

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Over 600 facilities have participated in the COHSASA programme in the past two decades.

COHSASA’s Conference at Hospital Show a great success!

COHSASA’s Conference at Hospital Show a great success!

Deena Naidoo, Group Nursing Services Manager, Lenmed (standing) with from left: Jacqui Stewart, CEO of COHSASA; Dr Kim Faure Project Lead: SECURE Global Antibiotic R&D Partnership; Dr Ziyanda Mgugudo-Sello Head of Unit: Professional Services SA Medical Association and...

COHSASA accredits the Bank Hospital in Ghana

COHSASA accredits the Bank Hospital in Ghana

The Bank Hospital in Accra, Ghana, has received a two-year accreditation award from COHSASA (The Council for Health Service Accreditation of Southern Africa) following an external survey in December 2023.

“Providing the highest quality of care while ensuring patient safety should be the goal of every healthcare facility. Accreditation not only establishes high quality standards but also strengthens and leads to an overall improvement of medical care. This is a strong rationale that justifies the need for quality improvement and accreditation programmes and ultimately guarantees a return on investment.”

Dr Edgar Kalimba
Senior Consultant Paediatrician/Pulmonologist and past CEO of King Faisal Hospital (2019-2021), the first facility in Rwanda to receive a four-year accreditation award from COHSASA in 2020.

“Mediclinic believes that continuous quality improvement leads to better clinical outcomes, better patient experience and cost efficiency. It also mitigates health and safety risks, medico-legal risks, and reputational risks. This is where the value lies for our hospitals: the investments we make in time and money to implement COHSASA accreditation standards adds value to each patient we care for.”

Riaan Vorster
Former General Manager of Mediclinic Panorama, Western Cape.

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