In 1985, as a new trainee member of the Canadian Public Health Association, I ticked off the secondary membership box for the division, Canadian Society for Tropical Medicine and International Health. My involvement with the organization that became the Canadian Society for International Health
Thirteen years after the entry of the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH), the UN peacekeeping force has pulled out of the country, leaving behind a plague of injustice.
I was a CSIH intern in 2006-2007, based in Addis Ababa Ethiopia. I worked for the Ethiopian Nurses Association (ENA) – partner of Canadian Nurses Association – and got only a glimpse of nursing and nursing education in Ethiopia.
My involvement with CSIH has been as varied as my professional experiences. Between the 1990s and 2006, I lived abroad as a diplomatic spouse and health and development professional. Wherever possible, I linked professionally and personally with CSIH.
CSIH has contributed to the strengthening of health systems in many countries and to the building of capacity of health professionals and the communities they serve.
Forty significant years have been completed and there will be a continuing need for CSIH forty years from now.