February 26, 2020

A CNIS Headquarters Update

CNIS HQ VancouverWe'd like to give a big kudos to our amazing team of volunteers!In 2019, our head office activities included an open house in June, incredible teamwork of model making with our volunteer sewers, and a fundraising dinner and AGM in November. Kudos to our superstar volunteers, Wanda and […]
February 18, 2020

CNIS Celebrates 25 Years of Sharing Skill and Saving Lives

CNIS StaffJanuary 2020Since our inception in 1995, CNIS has been dedicated to its mission.It has been a 25-year rollercoaster ride. There have been high and low points but thanks to efforts by many Canadians and Africans, we have continued. During those 25 years when it seemed we would not be […]
June 27, 2012


Machame hospital is over 100 years old, situated at 1500 meters up the slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro. It is the site of one of the six clinical officer training schools in Tanzania. The majority of health care in Tanzania is delivered by non-physicians health care workers, and clinical officers are […]
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 […]
May 1, 2011

Twinning letters to Ethiopia

Students in grades four to seven at  Lord Tennyson Elementary School in Vancouver, BC are the first Canadian school children to participate in the Canada/Ethiopia Twinning Project and write letters to their ‘twin school’ in Axum, Ethiopia. Lord Tennyson is  ‘twinned’ with Bazen Elementary School. Earlier this spring they had […]
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 28, 2011

Juno Award winner plays at CNIS event

3-time Juno award winner Alpha Yaya Diallo and his band will perform at A Night in Magical Timbuktu, CNIS Vancouver gala fundraiser on May 6th.   Alpha is said to be amongst “the most exciting and appealing African artists to ever hit the US”. Originally from Guinea in West Africa, Alpha […]