The UYDF has produced 304 graduates, covering 16 different health science disciplines. Our graduates have assisted to improve service delivery to rural communities and in some cases they have started new services at the hospitals were they are working. Graduates are working at 15 different rural hospitals in northern Kwa Zulu Natal. Many rural communities are benefiting from services such as eg. Optometry; Psychology, Speech Therapy which previously were simply unavailable!
A breakdown of the number of graduates per health science discipline is presented below:
Looking at the 2016 breakdown of where graduates are working, it can be seen from the Pie Chart below,that the majority of graduates are currently working at a rural hospital - the aim and purpose of the programme!
If one excludes those busy with internship training, which cannot be done at a rural hospital, 66% of graduates are currently working at a rural hospital. Including those graduates working at rural NGO's this percentage increases to 69%!
The Pie Chart below show a breakdown of the 109 graduates who have no further work back obligation to the UYDF (2017):
Significantly 50% of them are still working at a rural hospital. Including those graduates working at rural NGO's, this percentage increases to 58! This confirms that the investment in rural youth as a way of addressing the shortages of staff at rural hospitals is a good strategy