The birth of a Ministry of Public Health in Colombia, 1946-1953: Cold War, invisible government and asymmetrical interdependence

Marlín Téllez Pedroza, Emilio Quevedo Velez

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This article studies the process of change from a Ministry of Hygiene in Colombia to a Ministry of Public Health from 1946 to 1953. This was not only a new name for the ministry but a process of transition from government policies based on European public hygiene to the institutionalization of the North American model of public health. The process involved negotiations between representatives of the local government and the Currie Mission, which was sent to the country in 1946.
Currie Mission, which was sent to Colombia by the Inter-American Bank for Reconstruction and Development and the Inter-American Public Health Cooperative Service. These negotiations took place through asymmetrical relations of interdependence, in the framework of the "invisible government" implemented by the United States in Latin America during the war.
United States in Latin America during the Cold War.
Translated title of the contributionEl nacimiento de un Ministerio de Salud Pública en Colombia, 1946-1953: Guerra Fría, gobierno invisible e interdependencia asimétrica.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)461-480
Number of pages20
JournalHistoria, Ciencias, Saude - Manguinhos
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1 2022

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  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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