Medical school combats rural doctor shortage

From Global development | The Guardian Wed Jan 9 2013, 07:13:22

Ukwanda clinical school pioneers programme that sends final-year students to live and work in rural health districts

A South African medical school has become the first in Africa to address the continent's chronic shortage of rural doctors by sending students to spend their final year among the vineyard workers and fruit-pickers of the Western Cape.

"We are trying to do something about the fact that 43% of South Africans live in rural areas but only 12% of doctors work there," says Hoffie Conradie, a former rural GP who is director of the University of Stellenbosch's year-old Ukwanda rural clinical school.

South Africa has a critical shortage of doctors - 0.57 doctors for every 1,000 people, compared with an average of two to five doctors in developed countries. Africa-wide, the World Health Organisation says 36 countries face a critical shortage of health personnel. Worldwide, recruiting doctors for rural practices is a challenge and the 65m Rand ($7.6m, £4.7m) Ukwanda initiative is modelled on schools in Australia and Canada.

[view whole blog post ]
 See More    |     Report Abuse


You might also be interested in the following news stories:

Afrique:   L'ONU appelle éradiquer la fistule obstétricale pour rétablir la dignité des femmes (news)
UN News Service
23 May 2015

A l'occasion de la Journée internationale de l'élimination de la fistule obstétricale qui est célébrée le 23 mai, le Secrétaire général ... [read more]

Africa:   Renard Steps Down As Ivory Coast Coach (news)
Confederation of African Football
23 May 2015

Frenchman Herve Renard has stepped down as coach of his Africa Cup of Nations winners Ivory Coast, according to official sources on Friday. [read more]

Africa:   Arts and Culture Supports Africa Motherland Festival, 22 to 25 May (press release)
South African Government
22 May 2015

The Department of Arts and Culture supports the Africa Motherland Festival as part of the programme of activities for Africa Month under the theme, 'We are Africa - Opening the doors of learning and ... [read more]



blogAfrica is allAfrica.com's platform to help you keep an ear on the African blogosphere. We draw diverse voices from around the world who post regularly and insightfully about African issues. Bloggers, submit your blog's rss-feed!