Project profile — Safer Surgeries, Obstetrics and Communities in Africa


Canadian Network for International Surgery (CA-CRA_ACR-3898961552)
2010-08-19 - 2013-09-30
Global Affairs Canada
KFM Intl Dev Partnerships & Operations

Country / region 

• Ethiopia (20.00%)
• Uganda (20.00%)
• Rwanda (10.00%)
• Tanzania (20.00%)
• Mali (15.00%)
• Africa, regional (15.00%)


• Education, Level Unspecified: Educational research (11182) (20.00%)
• Basic Health: Health personnel development (12281) (80.00%)

Policy marker 

• Gender equality (not targeted)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (not targeted)
• Participatory development and good governance (not targeted)
• Trade development (not targeted)
• Biodiversity (not targeted)
• Climate change mitigation (not targeted)
• Climate Change Adaptation (not targeted)
• Urban issues (not targeted)
• Desertification (not targeted)
• Children's issues (significant objective)
• Youth Issues (not targeted)
• Indigenous Issues (not targeted)
• Disability (not targeted)
• ICT as a tool for development (significant objective)


The Canadian Network for International Surgery (CNIS) program focuses on building capacity of high-priority dimensions within the health sector in Africa by strengthening the capacity of medical professionals and institutions through the development of new curriculum and the training of practitioners and instructors in surgical techniques. The program incorporates four components: (1) Safer surgery and obstetrics program including: Training in surgical and obstetrical skills, production, editing and translation of course material, development of new curriculum, and the development or rehabilitation of laboratories to achieve safer care for those suffering from surgical and obstetrical disorders; (2) Safer communities in Africa program including: Three specialized injury-prevention institutions, the development and piloting of new courses, and sharing information and strengthening capacity related to the prevention and treatment of injuries to achieve safer African communities through a reduction in the incidence and severity of unintentional injury; (3) African Information Initiatives including: Dissemination of courses, books and manuals, translation of manuals, and use of internet technology to provide, collect and share surgical, obstetric and injury related information to achieve safer individuals and communities in Africa through increased transmission of information; and (4) Canadian public engagement program: Focus on injury and maternal death, which involves awareness and prevention of critical injury and maternal mortality, and participation in international development to achieve expanded engagement and support of Canadian public for safer health care in Africa.

Expected results 


Results achieved 

Results achieved as of June 2013 include: (1) 2,919 health professionals in Ethiopia, Mali, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda and Ghana received training in emergency surgical skills, fundamental interventions, referral, safe transfer, and safer surgery skills, among other skills; (2) surgical skills teaching labs were established in Ethiopia and Uganda, and are being used regularly to train local health professionals and improve care for those suffering from surgical and obstetrical disorders; (3) injury surveillance in five Ugandan and five Tanzanian hospitals is helping local health professionals identify priority injuries that require intervention; and (4) non-violent conflict resolution interventions are being implemented in schools in Uganda and northern Ethiopia; and traffic safety courses are being held in schools, with support from the police in Tanzania and Uganda, in order to reduce the incidence of unintentional injury. These results are contributing to safer care for those suffering from surgical and obstetrical disorders and, safer African communities through a reduction in the incidence and severity of violence and unintentional injury.

Budget and spending 

Original budget $262,500
Planned disbursement $0
Transaction Date Type Value
04-09-2013 Disbursement $50,000
07-01-2014 Disbursement $55,000
Country percentages by sector
Type of finance Aid grant excluding debt reorganisation
Collaboration type Bilateral
Type of aid Donor country personnel
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