Saturday, March 28, 2020

100th Anniversary

In the first half of the 20th century, CMB focused exclusively on building the Peking Union Medical College (PUMC), "the cradle of modern medicine in China." CMB’s work began in 1914 when it was created by the Rockefeller Foundation to manage philanthropic funding for this premier medical institution solidifying the modern medical sciences in China. Most of this funding—the largest project investment in Rockefeller Foundation history—went towards the construction and development of PUMC.

In 1928, the CMB was endowed as an independent American foundation in continuing to operationally support PUMC. Through war and chaos, PUMC not only endured but flourished. Its faculty and graduates founded many medical fields in China through initiating innovations in health such as key clinical specialties and a three-tiered rural health system. CMB withdrew from PUMC and China in 1950.

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