Customer Challenge

Reduce Maternal and Injury Mortality Rates in Africa

Women in Africa are 10 times more likely to die in childbirth than women in the Americas. 13% of Africans will die from an injury. 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. 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.


Over the past 20 years, CNIS has trained 150 Canadian medical professionals, 750 African course instructors and 25,000 African healthcare workers. With mobile training, CNIS will accelerate this by a factor of 10. Using 5 new mobile courses, CNIS will train 25,000 African healthcare workers in the next 3 years and treat 2 Million patients.