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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 has been awarded The Paul Berman Young Leader Award by the World Council of Optometry, for his contribution to the development of optometry and the community at large.

The President of the World Council of Optometry, Susan Cooper, mentioned that the panel was particularly impressed with France’s professional record and strong personal commitment to the profession and his patients.

Congratulations France for a well deserved acknowledgment of your commitment to the improvement of sight especially among communities who could not normally access these services.

France will receive the award at the World Congress of Optometry being held in Medellin, Colombia from 14 to 16 August! Bon voyage!

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