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 […]
March 1, 2011

Volunteer of the year – Dr. Wylam Faught

Dr. Wylam Faught, MD, FRCSC, Head of the obstetrics/gynecology department for the University of Ottawa was given the 2010 Volunteer of the Year award for his contribution as ESS instructor and for his help in establishing the obstetrics program and the surgical skills lab in Moshi, Tanzania. “The Essential Surgical Skills course […]
February 25, 2011

Governor General Becomes CNIS Patron

We are pleased to announce that His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Can­ada, has accepted the invitation to become the Patron of CNIS. Mr. Johnston, the 28th governor general since Confederation, began his profes­sional career at Queens University in 1966, moving to the Law Faculty at […]
January 20, 2011

UBC Students for a Safer Africa

UBC faculty and students are invited to join us for a night of great beats for a safer Africa CNIS student volunteers from the University of British Columbia are getting together to help African medical students learn Essential Surgical Skills with a fundraiser on campus. The event will take place at […]
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 ( Two preconditions must be met to publish a book about a new medical field: enough available content, and sufficient potential readership.  This […]
January 9, 2011

Gifts of safety slide

Help educate an obstetrics instructor – $50
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 7, 2011

Volunteer Appreciation Night-February 3

Celebrate the sprit of volunteerism! Thursday February 3, 2011 6.30 pm-8 pm #105, 1985 West Broadway, Vancouver Join us for our Volunteer Appreciation Night where we will announce the winner of the 2010 Volunteer of the Year award. Enjoy home made appetizers, African wine and music. CNIS has over 30 […]
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 […]