What does Umthombo Youth Development Foundation do

The Umthombo Youth Development Foundation seeks to address the shortages of healthcare staff at rural hospitals. This is achieved through the investment in rural youth who are willing on graduation to work at their local rural hospital.

Research has found that rural origin health science graduates are more likely to live and work in rural areas than their urban counterparts. Based on this evidence, and the belief that despite the poor social and economic circumstances of rural youth, that if given the opportunity and necessary support, they could succeed in becoming health care professionals and would return to serve their communities when qualified.

This work also contributes to reducing the unacceptably high levels of youth neither in Education, Employment or Training (NEET), which disproportionally affects rural youth. It also contributes to increasing the number of healthcare workers, especially in the public health sector 

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