UYDF: How has COVID-19 affected student doctors from rural areas?
The impact of COVID-19 on healthcare professionals who are on the frontline of the COVID-19 pandemic is very much in the spotlight. However, what impact is the pandemic having on students working to become doctors, nurses, dentists and to enter other careers in healthcare? And, what happens when these students hail from rural areas where the challenge of access to digital and remote learning is significant? Azania Mosaka talks to Gavin MacGregor, director of the Umthombo Youth Development Foundation. This scholarship programme has for years succeeded in addressing the shortage of qualified healthcare professionals in rural hospitals by investing in local youth. UYDF has, since 2001, been supported by the Discovery Fund. COVID-19 has brought unprecedented challenge to UYDF’s students. How have they adapted?