June 21, 2012


Every year, CNIS teaches thousands of elementary students in Africa a course called Peace Building for Elementary Schools. In the 2012-2013 school year, eight elementary schools in Axum, Northern Ethiopia are twinned with nine elementary schools in Canada. Students will build friendships across borders through arts, letter writing, geography projects, and other […]
April 2, 2012

Great need for CNIS nurse training

CNIS continues to support the knowledge and skill development of the entire perioperative team. In 2009 the two-day Safe Surgery Saves Lives (SSSL) Nursing course was piloted in Addis Ababa. The course is based on the WHO SSSL Checklist, which has been shown to decrease morbidity and mortality by up to […]
October 28, 2011

Enthusiasm for Obstetrics courses in Uganda!

CNIS has been teaching in Uganda since 1997, and brought the Structured Operative Obstetrics (SOO) course there in 2008. The Mulago Hospital in Kampala delivers almost 30,000 babies each year, and more SOO courses have been taught here than anywhere else in the world!  Eleven courses have been held at […]
July 27, 2011

Help make obstetrics model parts for Africa!

View in French CNIS will teach two instructor and four provider Structured Operative Obstetrics courses in Rwanda and Uganda in August. The teaching supplies have to be sent by Monday, August 8. Our Vancouver office needs help to cut, sew and snap fabric, foam and vinyl and to pick up more supplies to make uteri […]
July 19, 2011

CNIS in French/RCCI en français

A French version of the CNIS newsletter, Operative Report, is now available through our website. The French newsletters will be available a few weeks after the English versions, as the translations are done by CNIS volunteers. Thanks to these volunteers, CNIS has managed to translate the three Essential Surgical Skills (ESS) […]
June 21, 2011

Report from nursing instructor course in Africa

By Vickie Grandinett, VCH Perioperative Program instructor in Richmond, BC and CNIS volunteer nursing instructor I took part in a surgical mission to Ethiopia earlier this year teaching nurses and anesthetists how to use the Safe Surgery Saves Lives (SSSL) Checklist. It was a wonderful experience and a great opportunity […]