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Long Term Solutions

The approach used by the Umthombo Youth Development Foundation is more than a simple bursary 'hand out'. Rather, it is one of the few long term solutions to the challenge of recruiting and retaining quality health care professionals for 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 they orginate, or if they are exposed to the realities of rural health care delivery whilst doing their university training.

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Working Together

We have numerous significant partnerships including funders, the Department of Health, the community but the most important in terms of implementing the programme is the local hospital. Together with the rural hospital, we identify, train and support rural youth to become qualified health professionals, who in turn commit to work at the local hospital for their contract period.

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Success So Far

The UYDF has produced 185 graduates and currently supports 205 students studying a wide range of health science disciplines - Medicine, Physiotherapy, Pharmacy, Occupational Therapy, Nutrition, Biomedical Technology, Social Work, Optometry, Dental Therapy, Dentistry, Environmental Health, Speech Therapy, Social Work, Nursing, Radiology and Psychology.

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Our students have again done incredibly well by achieving a 93% university pass rate! This is truly amazing when one considers that these are rural youth studying health science degrees.

In addition, the quality of the passes being achieved is exceptional. Each year the number of distinctions our students are receiving is increasing. In the final examinations last year we had students writing 7 exams and achieving 7 distinctions! We had many writing 7 exams and receiving 5 or 6 distinctions – very impressive indeed!!

This shows that rural youth do have potential to succeed, if provided the correct support. The key is the provision of appropriate support - Dumsani and his team of local mentors need to be congratulated for understanding how to bring the best out of our students.

Pass Rate 2015



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