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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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The TB/MDR-TB Leading Lights initiative of the International Council of Nurses (ICN) aims to showcase the work of exceptional nurses trained by the ICN TB/MDR-TB project who are making an outstanding contribution to TB prevention, care and management in their local facility and/or community.

Zamani Dlamini, a UYDF graduate, and the TB/MDR-TB coordinator and Operational Manager of the MDR-TB Clinic at Hlabisa Hospital has been named a Leading Light by the ICN.

Zamani will receive a certificate and PIN from the Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (DENOSA) in recognition of his efforts to fight TB in the communities surrounding Hlabisa Hospital.

Congratulations Zamani for being a Leading Light in the fight against MDR TB!

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