July 1, 2011

T-Shirt Design Competition

Help us make an ultra-cool design for a brand-new CNIS T-shirt. It has been two years since CNIS last made T-shirts, and it is time we made some new ones. We invite you to send us your ideas for a new design. You don’t need special design or drawing skills – just […]
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 […]
June 21, 2011

Report from nursing instructor course in Africa

By Vickie Grandinett, VCH Perioperative Program instructor in Richmond, BC and CNIS volunteer nursing instructor I took part in a surgical mission to Ethiopia earlier this year teaching nurses and anesthetists how to use the Safe Surgery Saves Lives (SSSL) Checklist. It was a wonderful experience and a great opportunity […]
June 14, 2011

Join the Canada/Ethiopia Twinning Project

CNIS is inviting Canadian elementary schools to participate in the Canada/Ethiopia Twinning Project by twinning with an elementary school in Axum, Northern Ethiopia starting in September 2011. CNIS will help “twin” eight Canadian elementary schools with eight elementary schools in Axum. Once matched, the schools, and most importantly the children, […]
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, […]