Sharing Skills, Saving Lives

Challenge

Women in Africa are 10 times more likely to die in childbirth than women in the Americas. 13% of Africans will die from an injury. Our goal is to reduce the maternal and injury mortality rates for people in Africa, where there are simply not enough skilled healthcare workers.

Solution

The Mobile Optimized Skills Training (MOST) project uses mobile surgical skills training to accelerate the number of healthcare workers that can be taught essential surgical skills. Unlike existing face-to-face courses which are taught by visiting doctors to a limited group, MOST will enable skill sharing in the community long after visiting teams have left.

Impact

Over the past 20 years, CNIS has trained 150 Canadian medical professionals, 750 African course instructors and 25,000 African healthcare workers. With Project MOST, we will accelerate this by a factor of 10. With 5 mobile courses, we will train 25,000 African healthcare workers in the next 3 years and treat 2 Million patients.