Umthombo Youth Development Foundation: How have so many rural youth become healthcare professionals?

Young people in rural areas usually attend under-resourced schools and end up working on mines or herding cattle. What would happen if they could finish school, go to university and return as qualified healthcare professionals (many of them medical doctors) to turn local hospitals into institutions of healthcare excellence? Unheard of? The Umthombo Youth Development Foundation (UYDF) has, since 2001, made this scenario a reality. Azania interviews UYDF founder, Professor Andrew Ross (he is also Principal Specialist in Family Medicine at the University of KwaZulu Natal) and UYDF’s Student Manager Ntombi Mkhize.