The Essential Surgical Skills course was piloted in Jimma in 1997 and the course was reintroduced in 2001. Jimma was also one of three Ethiopian locations that took part in the Innovation Project, 2005-2007. The Innovation Project was initiated in Ethiopia in 2005 in six participating universities, including Jimma University.
In 2006, the surgical department of Jimma University was one of the 6 surgical libraries in the country to receive new surgical and medical books through a CNIS book shipment, donated by the Sabre Foundation. Jimma received 727 of the 4200 books, of a total donation worth $300,000.
After an initial exploration trip, Dr. Sarvesh Logsetty of Winnipeg piloted the Essential Burn Management course in Jimma in 2005.
In September 2009, a re-testing of the Fundamental Interventions, Referral and Safe Transfer (FIRST) course, initially piloted in Hawassa, took place in Jimma.
CNIS’ 3rd surgical skills teaching lab was officially opened in Jimma in January 2010. The lab has a video connection to the operating room, so surgical students at all levels can practice and observe live surgery from the lab. The skills teaching lab is now the venue for all our courses taught in the area.