July 20, 2012

Renown Kenyan singer will perform at CNIS African Market Aug 25

As part of their cross-Canada tour in August, Swahili Gospel singer Mary Atieno Ominde and her husband Alex Ominde will perform at the annual CNIS African Market, held in Kitsilano on Saturday August 25. Born blind, Mrs. Ominde excelled in school and joined the teaching profession at Buruburu High School […]
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 3, 2012

CNIS inspires teenage volunteers!

Good Evening volunteers, supporters and staff of CNIS! My name is Changmin and I’m writing this on behalf of University Hill Scondary’s CNIS club. After volunteering with CNIS over the summer, I became passionate about the cause and I decided to start a club supporting CNIS. I, along with nine […]
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 […]
January 16, 2012

Prevent Maternal Mortality in Africa – March 8 national fundraiser

On Thursday, March 8th from 10am to 6pm, CNIS and Ten Thousand Villages will partner for a one-day fundraiser to celebrate International Women’s Day, and to support CNIS’ efforts in providing ‘safe birthing practices to low-income communities in Africa. 42 Ten Thousand Villages stores across the country will participate in this […]
January 6, 2012

Canadian Government supports CNIS Obstetrics Program in Tanzania

Funding from the government of Canada provided through the Canadian International Development Agency will allow CNIS to address and reduce preventable maternal deaths. It is estimated that some 13,000 women and 45,000 newborns in rural Tanzania die each year. CNIS, a registered charity for 16 years, in partnership with the […]
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 […]
September 21, 2011

Meet our Twinning Schools 2011-2012

Eight Canadian elementary schools are now ‘twinned’ with eight elementary schools in Axum, Ethiopia through the Canada/Ethiopia Elementary school Twinning Project. Starting this fall, the schools will share letters, art projects and stories, to teach their ‘twins’ about each other’s countries, customs, school systems and daily lives. We are looking […]
July 26, 2011

Canada-Guyana Surgical Research Partnership Workshop

Three physicians from Guyana joined Canadian surgical colleagues for a 1½ day workshop at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario to learn more about research methods in surgical education and simulation. The purpose of the workshop was to develop two collaborative research proposals, building on the previous Canada-Guyana work evaluating the […]