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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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Celenkosi Sibiya graduated as a Speech Therapist in 2008 and completed his community service at Mosvold Hospital, his local hospital in his community, in 2009. Celenkosi has had major obstacles to overcome in order to succeed – he is severely short sighted and required special binoculars in lectures in order to see the board!! Celenkosi was determined from a young age to succeed, which motivated one of his high school teachers to buy him his first set of binoculars – which ultimately enabled him to matriculate with a University exemption! Celenkosi not only had to overcome his problem of being short sighted, but he also had to overcome a poor school education, which had not prepared him well for University – he set off to University with an English dictionary, to help teach himself English! Celenkosi’s story is a picture of the FOM Scholarship Scheme where every student has had to overcome significant obstacles in order to succeed.



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