UKZN REWARDED FOR INCREASED FOCUS ON RURAL HEALTH

UKZN REWARDED FOR INCREASED FOCUS ON RURAL HEALTH

The College of Health Sciences was recently presented with a framed picture from Africa Health Placements (AHP) in recognition of the University’s increased focus on rural health in KwaZulu-Natal.

AHP is a placement agency which supports the recruitment and retention of health care professionals, particularly in rural areas. The organisation was established in 2005 with the aim of increasing the number of health professionals in rural areas.

Research at the time showed that out of about 1 200 medical graduates produced by medical schools in South Africa, only an estimated 35 ended up working in rural areas in the public sector.

Currently, AHP places more than 400 local and foreign qualified health care professionals - mostly doctors - in rural hospitals with about 1 800 being placed since its inception.

The Centre for Rural Health’s previous Director, Professor Steve Reid, was instrumental in setting up AHP in partnership with the Rural Doctors Association of Southern Africa and the Rural Health Initiative.

The AHP’s vision of building a competent and committed workforce in rural areas is in line with the aspirations of UKZN’s Centre for Rural Health which is to strengthen the capacity of rural health care services to ultimately improve the health of rural communities. This they view as being critical to solving the massive public health issues in South Africa.


author email : francism@ukzn.ac.za