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The Umthombo Youth Development Foundation, identifies, trains and supports rural youth to become qualified health care professionals in order to address the human resource shortages in rural hospitals thereby improving health care to rural communities. On completion of their training, these young health care professionals work at one of the 11 hospitals in the Umkhanyakude, Zululand, Uthungulu or Sisonke districts in return for the opportunity they had to study a health science qualification.
The Umthombo YDF provides comprehensive mentoring and financial support to rural students during their studies, and assists them to integrate into the hospital working environment, and become professional health care workers on graduation.
We offer a long term solution to the challenge of recruiting and retaining quality health care professionals in South Africa's rural areas. Research has shown that health professionals are more likely to choose to work in a rural hospital if that is where they come from, or if they are exposed to the realities of rural health care delivery during their university training.
Over the past 14 years, 218 graduates have been produced, covering 16 different health science disciplines. This year we are supporting 230 rural youth to become future healthcare workers. Download a copy of our latest 2014/5 Annual Report
Our work has been acknowledged tby a number of awards, including: KZN MEC for Health Special Award 2014; Health Innovator Award 2014 (Bertha Centre for Social Innovation & Entrepreneurship); Special Ministerial Award 2013 (Public Service & Administration); winner of the 2011 Mail & Guardian Investing in Life Award & 2012 BHP Billiton Achiever Award
Watch a short video of our work, highlighting the challenges that our rural students face and how they are determined to succeed!
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Watch this inspiring video highlighting the challenges and success of our work of identifying rural youth and supporting them in their training to become qualified healthcare workers in order to address the shortages of staff at rural hospitals. Click on the link on the homepage to view it.
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Carl & Emily Fuchs Foundation
Freddie Marincowitz Welfare Trust
Investec:Ruth & Anita Wise Charitable & Education Trust
Lily & Ernst Hausmann Bursary Trust
Norman Wevell Trust
Oppenheimer Memorial Trust
RB Hagart Trust
Robert Niven Trust
The Atlantic Philanthropies
The Bertha Foundation
The DG Murray Trust
The Don McKenzie Trust
The ELMA Foundation
The Robin Hamilton Trust
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We are thankful for the support of a number of individual monthly donors: Dr Andrew Ross; Dr SS Mathenjwa; Brian Whittaker; Glenys Ross; Richard Holden; Wendy Clarke; Zandi Rosochacki; The SS Mngomezulu family