Success so far

Thus far, our programme has produced 578 graduates 

Over the past 22 years we have produced 578 graduates, 221 of which are Doctors. Further, 51% of our Doctors are female, whilst 54% of all our graduates are female!

This year we are supporting 193 students studying the following health science disciplines:

Audiology, Dentistry, Dietetics, Medicine, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Optometry, Pharmacy, Physiotherapy, Radiography, Speech Therapy.

Some of our graduates serve as mentors to students, and often participate in school outreach programmes.

The success of our programme is due to the provision of academic and social mentoring support, in addition to comprehensive financial support.  The impact of our mentoring support can be seen in the amazing university progression rates that our students are achieving - 92% over the past 12 years, with 90% graduating!

UYDF has been cited as one of the few sustainable solutions for improving shortages of qualified healthcare staff at rural hospitals in South Africa. The number of graduates has had a positive impact on the delivery of healthcare services at participating hospitals. In many cases, new services have been established, or existing services improved at participating hospitals by our graduates.

The graph below shows the student and graduate numbers over the period 1999 to 2020, annual pass rates and number of Doctors:

Progression rate 1999-2022