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 […]
March 9, 2018

Website Updates

The CNIS Website is Regenerating! Just like Dr Who, surgeons and their websites also need to regenerate! You may have noticed a number of the pages transforming to a shiny new modern look. Slowly all the pages will be updated, there are a lot of pages though. So don't worry […]
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 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 […]
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 […]