Doctor's Review: Medicine on the Move

April 15, 2021



The Canadian Network for International Surgery (CNIS), established in Vancouver in 1995, runs a number of educational programs in Africa to teach local physicians, surgeons and other health professionals essential skills to help treat their patients and to teach others. The four educational programs currently in use are hernia repair, the Essential Surgical Skills curriculum, obstetrics and trauma team training. The CNIS also runs a “peace-building” program besides its surgical work.

Where they work

Ethiopia, Uganda, Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania, Mali, Rwanda.

Who is needed

Surgeons, Obstetricians, Anaesthetists, Nurses


A typical trip lasts only about one and a half to two weeks, but there is a possibility for volunteers to stay longer and visit multiple locations.

Financial Considerations

Volunteers are expected to pay all their own expenses, including airfare, housing and food. The CNIS provides tax benefits only. Insurance coverage is available if the trip is booked through the CNIS’s travel agent.


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