Through our mentoring support programme, our students are achieving exceptional successes: our university pass rate in 2018 was 92%, way exceeding the national average! In 2019, we are now supporting 252 rural youth to study 15 different health science degrees.
Our approach is sustainable and competitive from an investment point of view: while the cost of training 254 graduates (2015 graduate numbers) was R186 million, these graduates will pay R1,2 billion in personal income tax over their lifetime.
To date 384 health science graduates have been produced (133 are Doctors) and are currently working in a public rural health care facility in Kwa-Zulu-Natal. The Umthombo graduates become role models in their communities and encourage the rural youth to work hard, focus and stay HIV negative in order to achieve their dreams.