Two newly graduated nurses had worked with the project for nine months as interns, with financial support from CSIH. Each spend at least three months in VN to assist the project in various capacities. Their experience increased their skills in working with people from other cultures, in different political and social systems and broaden their understanding of international issues.
A three month visit to Newfoundland exposed VN nursing teachers to issues of Canadian health care system and community and rural health care. They also had direct observation of nursing care in hospitals and community clinics. They experienced various methods of teaching in a Canadian university (classroom, lab, clinical and distance mode of delivery) and its teaching facilities.
Most lived with Canadian families during their visit and had daily interaction with Canadian nursing students which enhanced cultural understanding and sharing of knowledge and skills.
Graduate studies occurred at Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand (taught in English). Most participants were nurses. They were the FIRST group of Vietnam nurses having graduate education since 1975. They will be leaders in PHC in Vietnam and contribute to health policy development in the country.
Financial support was provided for STMS1 faculty to further education in Vietnam.