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) […]
July 6, 2011

CNIS celebrates all things African

View in French The CNIS annual African market has become a much-anticipated event of the Vancouver summer scene. On Saturday August 27, people of all ages from all over the Lower Mainland skipped the beach to come enjoy African music, arts and crafts, food and eco activities. More than 20 […]
June 21, 2011

WINGS supports CNIS obstetrics work

The Montreal group Women Inspiring Next GenerationS (WINGS) held a meeting on May 12, raising funds for CNIS obstetrics work in Africa. The evening was interesting and inspiring and featured addresses on fistula, a devastating complication of pregnancy and rape – too common in developing countries. Dr. Joyce Pickering spoke […]
May 24, 2011

Office visit from Uganda

CNIS had a pleasant surprise visit to our Vancouver office from some of our African partners, when four Ugandan doctors attended the Conference on Surgery and Anesthesia in Uganda at the University of British Columbia on April 2, 2011. Dr. Mary Margaret Ajiko, a general surgeon from the Soroti Regional […]
May 20, 2011

A Magical Night for West Africa

CNIS’s annual fundraiser A Night in Magical Timbuktu was held in Vancouver on May 6th to raise funds to establish West Africa’s first Injury Control Centre. One hundred guests, 50 volunteers, countless local sponsors and a dozen performers helped make the night truly magical. CNIS was honoured to have the Mali ambassador, his Excellency […]
May 17, 2011

CNIS first surgical skills course in Haiti

  It is over a year since the catastrophic earthquake in Haiti occurred and the country is continuing its slow recovery. All segments of Haitian society are involved in this recovery, including the medical schools. These schools lost both facilities and human resources, students and faculty being among the lives […]
April 6, 2011

Rotary support for CNIS work in Uganda

CNIS would like to thank the Carrasco family and the Rotary Club of White Rock for their generous donation of $8,000 towards CNIS work in East Africa, particularly Uganda. The donation was made possible by a special gift from Val and Milton Carrasco of Richmond, British Columbia. Originally from Uganda, […]
March 1, 2011

Volunteer of the year – Dr. Wylam Faught

Dr. Wylam Faught, MD, FRCSC, Head of the obstetrics/gynecology department for the University of Ottawa was given the 2010 Volunteer of the Year award for his contribution as ESS instructor and for his help in establishing the obstetrics program and the surgical skills lab in Moshi, Tanzania. “The Essential Surgical Skills course […]
February 25, 2011

Governor General Becomes CNIS Patron

We are pleased to announce that His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Can­ada, has accepted the invitation to become the Patron of CNIS. Mr. Johnston, the 28th governor general since Confederation, began his profes­sional career at Queens University in 1966, moving to the Law Faculty at […]