This study describes a ‘training’ need assessment conducted for health managers in a rural district which has informed Stellenbosch University Rural Medical Education Partnership Initiative (SURMEPI) continuing professional development activities.
The objective of this study was to identify the major challenges and priority interventions for rural health care provision in South Africa thereby contributing to pro-rural health policy dialogue.
The authors’ aim was to determine, on a provincial level, the cost effectiveness of training and employing clinical associates and medical practitioners compared to the standard strategy of training and employing only more medical practitioners.
Staffing of rural and remote facilities is a challenge throughout the world. Umthombo Youth Development Foundation (UYDF) has been running a rurally based scholarship scheme since 1999.The aim of this review is to present data on the number of students selected, their progress, graduation and work placement from inception of the scheme until 2013
Rural radiographers require, over and above traditional radiographic expertise, additional competencies which to a certain degree are unique however not limited to rural practice. Previous studies, however, have focused more attention primarily on other rural health professionals such as doctors and nurses leaving a research need in this field. This article focuses on the additional competencies that may be required for rural radiographers
Indigenous sub-Saharan societies have, over the millennia, lived and socialised within the unwritten ‘rules’ of the ‘Ubuntu’ or similar philosophies that emphasises holistic ‘humanness’, and which is a form of ‘social responsibility’. This article looks into some relevant social responsibility aspects of medical education in the South African context, with particular emphasis on how these aspects have been addressed.
The Friends of Mosvold Scholarship Scheme in northern KwaZulu-Natal is a locally based scholarship scheme that offers the local community a chance to develop its own human resources for health care. This concept is being extended to the Limpopo and North-West provinces through the Wits Initiative for Rural Health Education. The scheme provides a model for human resource development at a district level that could be usefully adopted by any tier of government.
This study aimed to evaluate the influence of educational factors on the choice of rural or urban sites of practice of health professionals in South Africa.
Medical officers from rural district hospitals in the Eastern Cape attending a two-week ‘in-reach’ anaesthesia training course at the Port Elizabeth academic complex were provided with subsequent telephonic support that enabled them to contact an experienced anaesthetist in the urban centre with clinical problems for advice. This survey was to determine user perceptions of the utility and effectiveness of the telephonic support system.
This project serves as a model for skills training in rural areas in South Africa, and for collaboration between organisations. A number of specific recommendations are made for the future of this NNR training project, which offer lessons for similar programmes.