The historic town of Gondar (or Gonder) is the capital of the historic Bedemger province and is home to the University of Gondar, one of Ethiopia’s medical universities.

2012 ESS class with CNIS international Director and Dr. Adem, ESS Director in Gondar. Photo © R. Lett

The Innovation Project was initiated in Ethiopia in 2005 with six participating universities, including Gondar.

In 2006, the surgical department of University of Gondar was one of the six surgical libraries in the country to receive new surgical and medical books through a CNIS book shipment, donated by the Sabre Foundation. Gondar received 694 of the 4200 books, of a total donation worth $300,000.

The first CNIS run Essential Surgical Skills (ESS) courses were held in 2008, while the Structured Hernia Repair course was introduced in 2009. The Fundamental Interventions, Referral and Safe Transfer (FIRST) course was introduced in Gondor in the fall of 2010.

SSSL nursing course in Gondar, February 2011. Photo © G. Leifso

In February 2011, perioperative nurse instructors Genelle Leifso and Vickie Grandintti brought the CNIS SSSL nursing course to Gondar, teaching at the Gondar University Referral Hospital.Before the course, the instructors toured the OR, observing current practice and assuring that the instruction would be in the context of care.

The Gondar surgical skills teaching lab under construction in 2008. Photo © R. Lett

The CNIS Gondar surgical skills teaching lab was inaugurated in 2008 and now regularly teaches ESS, Hernia Repair, and FIRST courses.

Gondar ESS
Dr. Mensur Osman Yassin
Patron & Honorary Member
Dr. Mensur Osman
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Director ESS