Dr Leonard Londa, COHSASA Quality Improvement Manager in deep discussion with colleages at the ISQua conference in Cape Town, South Africa in 2019.


COHSASA is pleased to announce that its Quality Improvement Manager, Dr Leonard Londa, has been awarded an International Society for Quality in Health Care (ISQua) Fellowship Certificate.

ISQua is a driver of improvement and implementation of change in the healthcare systems across the globe.

The Fellowship, which takes a year to complete, is a continuing education programme for healthcare professionals and affords an opportunity to share global knowledge on topics such as:

  • Leading for Quality and Safety
  • Person-centred Care
  • Patient Safety
  • Health Information Technology
  • External Evaluation Systems
  • Quality and Safety in Resource Challenge Countries.
  • Patient excess readmission in the hospital.

The Fellowship offers the healthcare professional a chance to be part of a vibrant global community continuing to learn about quality improvement and patient safety, sharing such learning with peers and be empowered by the knowledge.

Says Dr Londa of the benefits of the Fellowship: “The followship programme provided me with deeper clarity about the impact that I would like to make in healthcare industry and the legacy that I would like to leave.”

“It has made me set goals to expand my interactions and get involved in the quality improvement and patient safety network space. I would like to apply the methods and tools I have learnt in my daily work in my organisation and in the public domain. This would involve assisting healthcare facilities and systems with capacity building in quality improvement processes to actively prepare them for the future and changing demographics.”

Continuing the good news, Dr Londa has been informed that the abstract he submitted on behalf of a team of authors from COHSASA, Kamuzu Central Hospital and the Ministry of Health, and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) in Malawi has been accepted as an oral presentation at the ISQua Conference in Florence in July.

The abstract is entitled: A case study on the impact of a risk management programme implemented at a tertiary hospital in Malawi over a period of six years (2013 – 2019)”.

The abstract was described by one member of the scientific programme committee as being “a very relevant abstract inspiring improvement in low- and middle-income countries that are facing huge constraints to patient safety initiatives.”