June 23, 2010

Nile Night raises $25,000 for skills lab

CNIS fundraiser A Night on the Nile, held in Vancouver on June 11, raised $25,000 towards a surgical skills teaching lab in Moshi, Tanzania. The popular event was filled to the brim and had a waiting list of local supporters hoping to attend, so we suggest all to get your […]
May 14, 2010


Join CNIS for A NIGHT ON THE NILE, an classic movie-theme dinner and silent auction evening held on Granville Island’s Performance Works to raise funds to build and equip a surgical skills lab in Moshi, Tanzania. All funds raised will be matched by the Canadian International Development Agency. Your $75 ticket include a […]
May 10, 2010


Title: Structured Hernia Repair Instructors Course Location: UBC Clinical Academic Campus, 2nd floor, 2312 Pandosy St., Kelowna B.C. Description: The Structured Hernia Repair Instructor’s Course presents the didactic material including lectures and interactive teaching sessions to surgeons who wish to become certified teachers of this course. Participants in the instructor’s course […]
May 8, 2010


Dr. Ronald Lett has been President of CNIS since its inception in 1995, in which time the organization has grown substantially due to the hard work of Ron, board members, volunteers and staff.  In 2007 Ron decided to move to Ethiopia to be closer to the work at hand. The […]
March 11, 2010


10th Annual Bethune Round Table Location: Calgary, Alberta Date: May 14-15 – Meeting May 16 – Workshop Theme: Serving in Partnerships: The Scalpel for Change The Office of International Surgery, University of Calgary, is pleased to announce the 10th Annual Bethune Round Table on International Surgery. The meeting will be […]
February 12, 2010

The Spirit of Volunteerism

Though all our volunteers make a vital contribution to our work, every year we select one volunteer who has made a particular difference. For 2009, for the first time the volunteer of the year award went to a group: the Okanagan Zambia Health Initiative who introduced CNIS surgical teachings to […]
February 5, 2010


Jackline Ochieng teaches CNIS’ Swahili courses Traveling to Kenya? Or maybe you just came back from volunteering in Africa? If you live in the Vancouver area, you can learn Swahili right here. CNIS offers ongoing Swahili classes for both beginners and intermediate students in our Kitsilano office. We hold at […]
December 10, 2009

UBC SURG-510: Surgical Care in International Health

The University of British Columbia (UBC), Canada’s Branch for International Surgery, is offering  a groundbreaking accredited, graduate level online course—SURG 510-Surgical Care in International Health. This first-of-its-kind course is an essential foundation to understanding the global burden of unmet surgical need. Course instructors have a long association with UBC and the Branch for […]
November 25, 2009

Intercontinental Trauma Team Training course

Using Skype and Web cam, CNIS held its first intercontinental Trauma Team Training (TTT) Instructors Course at the CNIS office in Vancouver on Friday November 27, 2009. The workshop was linked to Guyana, South America. Six TTT instructors were certified in Vancouver and three in Guyana.