The Umthombo Youth Development Foundation, 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.
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 12 years, 135 graduates have been produced, covering 16 different health science disciplines. This year we are supporting 190 rural youth to become future healthcare workers. Download a copy of our latest 2012/3 Annual Report
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