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Title:The Training of Female Medical Auxiliaries in Missionary Hospitals in Northern Rhodesia, 1928-1952
Author:Kumwenda, Linda BeerISNI
Periodical:Le Fait Missionnaire: Social Sciences and Missions
Geographic term:Zambia
Subjects:missionary history
women's education
health personnel
History and Exploration
Women's Issues
Health and Nutrition
Ethnic and Race Relations
Religion and Witchcraft
Labor and Employment
Education and Training
Health, Nutrition, and Medicine
External link:https://doi.org/10.1163/221185205X00059
Abstract:The introduction of training for female nurses in Northern Rhodesia (Zambia) was slow relative to many other colonial territories. In the 1920s the colonial health department considered African women to be ineducable; missions also employed men in medical roles. It was not until the 1940s that a slow transformation became apparent in the health services, and in line with this, it was considered essential that both the poorly educated male orderly and the male nurse be replaced by young female nurses. Concerns about morality led the colonial health department to conclude that these would be better and more 'safely' trained in mission hospitals and this was what happened in the postwar years. This article examines the paradox of the failure of female missionaries in both the London Missionary Society (LMS) and the Universities' Mission to Central Africa (UMCA) to conceive of and execute a plan for the advancement of African girls in nursing, either due to obsessive tenacity in pursuing personal goals, or to disempowerment within the missionary milieu; whilst a UMCA bishop in a strongly patriarchal establishment promoted a venture which, in the long term, enabled young women to travel not just beyond their village to obtain training, but beyond the continent. Notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]