n South African Medical Journal - Fit for purpose? The appropriate education of health professionals in South Africa : editorial

Volume 101, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0256-9574
  • E-ISSN: 2078-5135



Sixty years ago Sidney and Emily Kark had a vision to make health care accessible to all South Africans, particularly those in rural and under-served areas. They established a comprehensive primary health care model that was replicated in over 40 rural communities before the apartheid government abolished their plan. In the light of these historic initiatives, what have health sciences training institutions achieved in the past 50 years to address the health care priorities of South Africans who are most in need?

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