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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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France Nxumalo was one of the first students to be supported by the FOM Scholarship Scheme. He studied Optometry degree at the University Kwa Zulu Natal and qualified in 2003. He started working at Mosvold Hospital in 2004 - when he arrived, there were no Optometry services in the whole Umkhanyakude district. The Eye Clinic had no equipment and was only offering a very limited service. Thus his first task was to start the service and get some of the necessary equipment in order to set up a viable clinic. Through Dr Andrew Ross, who was the medical superintendent at the time, he managed to get equipment donated from Mr. Tony Yoell - an Optometrist in Durban. The equipment allowed him to start offering Optometry services not only at Mosvold hospital but for the whole district (i.e. 5 hospitals in the Umkhanyakude district). 
Through a grant from Discovery Health, France was able to purchase all the necessary equipment. The equipment allowed a better level of diagnosis and quality service and included cataract services. Mosvold Hospital was voted the best Eye Clinic in 2005.
Although France left Mosvold Hospital in 2007, to join the Phelophepa Health Train, the work he had done in setting up the Mosvold Eye Clinic continues to provide services to the population that would have been otherwise deprived of such a service. Currently the Mosvold Eye Clinic provides support and eye services to the entire Umkhanyakude district, a population of 550 000 people, comprising 5 hospitals (including Mosvold hospital) and their related clinics. On average 280 patients a month are seen at Mosvold hospital and the related clinics. Through this service, patients can now be referred for cataract surgery at Mosvold Hospital, and those in need of spectacles, are prescribed and obtain spectacles at the hospital. Before France arrived, these services did not exist!



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