n South African Medical Journal - Doctor shortages : unpacking the 'Cuban solution' : izindaba

Volume 103, Issue 9
  • ISSN : 0256-9574
  • E-ISSN: 2078-5135



The programme which trains South Africans as doctors in Cuba will expand nearly tenfold for the next 5 years, pouring 1 000 undergraduates annually into our currently under-resourced local medical campuses from 2018 onwards. For the past 3 years, the annual output of Cuban-trained South Africans, 'polished up' in their final year at local medical schools, came to about 8% of the 1 300 graduates fully-trained locally.

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