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’s accreditation has been extended by IEEA to December 2023 and the organisation and its standards were surveyed in September 2023 with a decision pending for an additional four-year accreditation award from the global body.

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.

Mediclinic Louis Leipoldt receives a seventh COHSASA accreditation

Mediclinic Louis Leipoldt receives a seventh COHSASA accreditation

Unit heads of Mediclinic Louis Leipoldt in Bellville gathered this week to receive a seventh accreditation certificate from COHSASA.  This 189-bed acute hospital in the northern suburbs of Cape Town has now received its third four-year accreditation award which signals that the facility has quality improvement principles deeply embedded in the DNA of daily hospital operations.



The forthcoming 11th Quality Management & Patient Safety Conference, scheduled for Thursday, 19 October at the Gallagher Convention Centre, serves as a forum where healthcare industry pioneers and leading experts will convene to present transformative ideas focused on strengthening healthcare resilience and sustainability in Africa.

“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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