The CNIS Essential Surgical Skills (ESS) course was established in Addis Ababa in 1996. Addis Ababa University was one of the 6 participating centres to be part of the Innovation Project (2005 – 2007).
In 2006, the surgical department of Addis Ababa University was one of the 6 surgical libraries in Ethiopia to receive new surgical and medical books through a CNIS book shipment, donated by the Sabre Foundation. The container of new surgical and medical books was distributed through the Black Lion Hospital in Addis Ababa, with the help of Dr. Peter McLean. Addis received 841 of the 4200 books, of a total donation worth $300,000.
The Black Lion hospital is the location of the CNIS-sponsored surgical skills teaching labs, which was handed over to the Addis Ababa University Department of Surgery in 2009.
In October 2011, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between CNIS and St. Paul’s Hospital Millennium in Addis Ababa, followed by the first ESS instructor course at the college. With the training recommenced and the donation of the ESS surgical skills teaching equipment, St. Paul’s is fully capable of running ESS courses, starting in early 2012.
Addis Ababa ESS