Building our health organizations and systems Global Health

The focus of global health is to improve health and health care equity for populations across the world. Such initiatives consider medical and non-medical disciplines including epidemiology, sociology, economic disparities, public policy, environmental factors and cultural influences.

Doctor and patient First responder
  1. 1908

    With the financial support of Lady Li, Leonora King established a medical school for women

  2. 1940

  3. July 1946

    United Nations appoints Dr. Chisholm as the executive secretary of a 16-person expert commission tasked with establishing the World Health Organization

  4. 1948

    G. Brock Chisholm became “Doctor to the World” when appointed first Director-General of the WHO

  5. 1950

  6. 1951

    WHO Constitution was accepted by 79 states

  7. 1960

  8. 1970

  9. 1972

    The International Society for Health Research (ISHR) was created

  10. 1980

  11. 1990

  12. 1994

    Dr. John Dirks was chosen as the founding Chair of the International Society of Nephrology Commission for Global Advancement of Nephrology (COMGAN)

  13. 1996

    The International Academy of Cardiovascular Science was formed

  14. 2000

  15. 2000

    Dr. Estelle Simons began her 15-year commitment to the World Allergy Organization Board

  16. 2000

    Under Dr. Wainberg’s leadership, the XIIIth International Conference on AIDS took place in Durban, South Africa

  17. 2000

    While president of the International AIDS Society, Dr. Wainberg organized and co-chaired the first International Conference on HIV Microbicides in Washington DC

  18. 2008

    Noni MacDonald co-founded MicroResearch (MR), an organization that democratizes and decolonizes health research by placing the drivers of change in the hands of locals

  19. 2010

  20. 2020

About the CMHF

The Canadian Medical Hall of Fame (CMHF) celebrates Canadian heroes whose work advances health in Canada and the world, fostering future generations of health professionals through the delivery of local and national youth education programs and awards.

This enduring tribute to our country’s rich medical history is showcased here and in our physical exhibit hall in London, ON.