Over the summer, we are thrilled to announce, the first Cardio-Oncology Society on the continent of Africa was organized! The Cardio-Oncology Society of Southern Africa (COSOSA) was organized by Drs. YT (Trishun) Singh, Ines Buccimazza, and Ria David. COSOSA has been registered as a nonprofit organization and they report, “There is a great need for such a Cardio-Oncology Society in the African Continent, as the two main drivers of mortality, in Southern Africa are, cancer related disease and…cardiovascular and cerebrovascular disease….COSOSA is actively involved in attracting Cardiologists and Oncologists, to play an active role in the society.” The leaders of the new society explain, “We desperately need to collaborate with established Cardio-Oncology centers that already have international recognition, like ICOS. COSOSA is hosting its inaugural meeting on Saturday 7th March, 2020 in Durban.” ICOS Board President, Daniel Lenihan will be one of the keynote speakers.
This is another example of the kind of global development and collaboration that ICOS exists to promote. We wish this new chapter all the best as they begin their work and we look forward to working in close collaboration with them.