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.


However, given the realities of poverty and rural marginalization, a lot more than this is needed, and that is where the Umthombo YDF steps in. It offers a thought-through approach, tested over 10 years, which:



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