Bamako is the capital of Mali and the largest city with a population of 1.8 million (2009). Currently, it is estimated to be the fastest growing city in Africa and sixth fastest in the world.

After ESS course in Bamako, 2011. Photo © R. Lett

CNIS introduced the Essential Surgical Skills (ESS) course at the University of Bamako in 2007 with the support of Drs. François Couturier and Vincent Echavé from the University of Sherbrooke. Courses are taught regularly in collaboration with our Bamako partners and are conducted entirely in French. By 2011, CNIS and the leadership in Bamako agreed to increase the ESS workshops to three per year, so that all first year surgery residents in Bamako can benefit from the course.

From ESS course in Bamako. Photo © R. Lett

Bamako hospital site visit during injury Epidemiology course, April 2011. Photo © R. Lett

In April 2011, the IPIFA Injury Epidemiology Course was taught for the first time in French at the National Health Directorate in Bamako. Participants included clinical, public health and epidemiology experts from the Gendarmerie, Protection Civile, Mali national police, Road Traffic Commission and the Ministry of Health.

CNIS work in Bamako is made possible by our organizational members from Quebec, the University of Sherbrooke, McGill University, WHO Quebec Collaborating Centre for Safety (CCOMS) with the Quebec Ministry of Health and Social Services.

Bamako ESS
Prof. Gangaly Diallo
Bamako ESS Patron Prof. Gangaly Diallo
Prof. Nouhoum Ongoïba
Bamako ESS Director Dr. Nouhoum Ongoiba