CHINA MEDICAL BOARD
The China Medical Board began in 1914 as a division of The Rockefeller Foundation. The China Medical Board of New York, Inc. was incorporated as an independent body in 1928. The Board devoted its funds largely to supporting the Peking Union Medical College until the college was nationalized and China's participation in the Korean conflict began in 1951. Thereafter, the Board assisted health professions-educational institutions in several East and Southeast Asian nations. In 1980, the Board began again to support health professions-educational institutions in the People's Republic of China. The Board's recent programs involve eleven countries and territories in East and Southeast Asia. The Board's primary activity is support of medical, nursing and public health education and research.
The Board grants are both to develop new programs and to continue previous ones. The grants are to assist the recipients in education and research as a means to improve the health of the people of their country. Many schools have made significant contributions to their own long-term programs by raising matching funds for education, research, overseas fellowships and libraries.
The China Medical Board is a grant-making foundation. Financial assistance is provided to selected educational institutions for programs in medicine, nursing, and public health. Each recipient institution is identified as a leading resource in its country for health-professions education, health research, or both. The Board is especially interested in grants to advance the recipient institution's pursuit of excellence and for the enhancement of the academic and professional content of medical, nursing, and public health education and training. As directed by its charter, the Board makes grants to institutions in East and Southeast Asia. The Board currently refrains from support for capital facilities; of activities directly for health care; and to individuals, professional and scientific societies, or research institutes independent of universities or colleges.