The Canadian Network for International Surgery (CNIS) is a non-profit organization that promotes the delivery of essential surgical care to underprivileged people in low-income countries. Its objective is also to reduce death and disability caused by any disturbances in normal functioning of the mind or the body that would require surgery. The CNIS emphasizes education in surgical work and techniques. It also works in surgical development and research.
The CNIS was federally incorporated in August 1995 and is managed by an eight- to nine-member board of directors with representation from all over Canada. It has a nationwide membership of physicians, surgeons, and others. The CNIS office is located in Vancouver, British Columbia with satellite office(s) in Africa.
When CNIS needed to find a digital solution to further their mission, and deliver results, they came to Conquer, whose mobile services division has been acquired by Appnovation. The solution uses avatars and case-based training to provide a pragmatic, active learning experience. Unlike existing face-to-face courses which are taught by visiting doctors to a limited group, MOST will enable skill sharing in the community long after visiting teams have left.
The goal of the Canadian Network for International Surgery (CNIS) is to reduce maternal and injury mortality rates for people in Africa, where there are simply not enough skilled healthcare workers. The CNIS Mobile Optimized Skills Training (MOST) project uses mobile surgical skills training to accelerate the number of healthcare workers that can be taught essential surgical skills.