Thus far, our programme has produced 488 graduates
Over the past 20 years we have produced 488 graduates, 178 of which are Doctors. Further, 54% of our Doctors are female, whilst 56% of our graduates are female!
This year we are supporting 169 students studying the following health science disciplines:
These include Medicine, Physiotherapy, Pharmacy, Occupational Therapy, Dietetics, Optometry, Dentistry, Dental Therapy, Speech Therapy, Nursing, Radiology, Psychology, Audiology, Biomedical Technology, Emergency Medical Rescue, Orthotics & Prosthetics.
Some of our graduates are involved in the day-to-day running of the Umthombo programme at hospital level, while other graduates remain active in the mentorship and support of students, often participating in school outreach programmes.
The success of our programme is due to our comprehensive financial support, as well as mentoring support, which provides students with academic and social guidance throughout the duration of their studies. The impact of our mentoring support can be seen in the amazing university pass rates our students are achieving - 92% over the past eight years!
UYDF has been cited as one of the few sustainable solutions for improving shortages of qualified healthcare staff at rural hospitals in South Africa. The number of graduates has had a positive impact on the delivery of healthcare services at participating hospitals. In many cases, new services have been established at these hospitals by our graduates.
The graph below shows the student and graduate numbers over the period 1999 to 2020, annual pass rates and number of Doctors: