January 20, 2011

Review: Global Surgery and Public Health

BOOK REVIEW Global Surgery and Public Health:  A New Paradigm by Catherine R. deVries and Raymond R. Price 302 pages, paperback.  Jones & Bartlett Learning ©2012, $79.95 (Amazon.com) Two preconditions must be met to publish a book about a new medical field: enough available content, and sufficient potential readership.  This […]
January 7, 2011


His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, announced 54 appointments to the Order of Canada on December 30. Dr. Robert Taylor, CNIS’s surgical associate, was one of the 13 BC residents to receive this rare honour. The appointment acknowledges Dr. Taylor’s contribution to improving medical services […]
January 1, 2011


CNIS is twinning Vancouver primary schools with 8 primary schools in Axum, Ethiopia. The goal of the twinning program is to increase Canadian primary school students’ knowledge and understanding of African cultures and people and further develop a sense of empathy and social responsibility. We believe that the new friendships […]
December 19, 2010

Message from the president

The holidays are a time when many people choose to celebrate the season by contributing to a charity of importance to them or their families. It is our hope that you will consider making CNIS the recipient of your generosity. With your financial help, we can continue to bring our […]
December 11, 2010


Wondering what to give a loved one? Give a gift that makes a difference. By giving a Gift of Safety you help CNIS create a safer Africa. This year we have established 3 new Gifts of Safety: 1. Give an African grade-5 student a year-long course in Peace Building and Non-violent […]
December 1, 2010

Ten Thousand Villages helps CNIS

Our warmest seasonal thanks goes to Broadway Ten Thousand Villages in Vancouver. The store donated $750, or 10% of their sales on Nov 27 and Dec 3rd to CNIS. A dozen CNIS volunteers set up an information table at the entrance to the store and offered home made cookies (made […]
November 21, 2010

Season’s Greetings from CNIS

Dear Friends of CNIS, As 2010 comes to a close, we thank you for your kind support in Africa, South America and Canada, as teachers, donors and volunteers. With your help, CNIS continues to improve maternal and newborn health, build surgical capacity and increase safety for people in low-income regions. […]
September 28, 2010

CNIS teams with Ottawa simulation lab

CNIS held a reception at the brand new university of Ottawa Skills and Simulation Centre (uOSSC) on October 21. An Evening for International Surgery gathered Ottawa surgeons and others interested in supporting and learning more about CNIS work and included teaching demonstrations. For those that could not make it, CBC […]
September 16, 2010

Market brings Africa to Vancouver

The annual CNIS African market is a free community event that celebrates African culture and diversity, while teaching people about some of the non-profit organizations who work there. Hundreds of locals came to hear music, shop and support the participants. People danced to the rhythms of the Duna Moja (One […]