The Proving Ground: Colombo Plan Fellowships and the Changing Landscape of Health Education in Canada, 1950-1968 will be held at Paterson Hall Rm 433, Department of History
The Proving Ground: Colombo Plan Fellowships and the Changing Landscape of Health Education in Canada, 1950-1968
Department of History, Brown Bag Occassion
A Talk by: Jill Campbell-Miller, Post-Doctoral Fellow, Dept. of History
In the late 1960s and 1970s, facing dire shortages of expertise in the context of a rapidly expanding public healthcare system, Canadian provinces began to turn to the Global South to recruit badly needed healthcare professionals. Though this was a novel strategy, the presence of healthcare professionals in the Canadian health system was not new. Beginning in 1951 and for the following two decades, hundreds of professionals from South and Southeast Asia travelled to Canada to study at universities and other educational institutions under the Colombo Plan, a Commonwealth economic development initiative. Called “trainees,” many of these students studied in healthcare related fields, particularly in medicine and nursing. As a result, the Colombo Plan created an influx of students and professionals from the Global South into Canadian university and medical institutions. The presence of these students fostered a sense of mission within Canadian institutions about the role of Canadian education in health and international development, even as provincial governments began to contribute to the “brain drain” of professionals from these very same countries.