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SOUTH AFRICA

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South Africa is a country on the southernmost tip of the African continent, marked by several distinct ecosystems. Its capitals are Pretoria Cape town and Bloemfontein. It is one of Africa’s economic powerhouses. It has a population of about 52.98 million and uses South African Rand as the currency. Its official languages are, English, Tswana, Swati, Tsonga, Venda, Zulu, Ndembele, Xhosa, South African English.

We have partnered with several facilities in South Africa to make your elective experience both fulfilling and enjoyable. While you are in South Africa, you would not want to miss its

tourists’ attraction sites and its natural beautiful scenery.

  • The cradle of humankind near Johannesburg is a large collection of caves rich in hominid and advanced ape fossils.

  • Robben island off the coast of Cape Town where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 27 years is rich in history and memories of struggle for freedom and liberation.

  • Ukhahlamba Drakensberg Park is fancied for its landscape, biodiversity and rock art.

  • Parks, farms, private reserves provide interesting natural history eg Kruger National Park exceptionally well managed and a favourite tourist destination.

  • Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park in the heart of Kalahari Desert with wide open spaces and hordes of games including majestic Gembok are interesting places to visit.

Healthcare in South Africa varies from the most basic primary healthcare, offered free by the state, to highly specialized hi-tech health services available both in private and public sectors.

The public sector is stretched and under-resourced. The public sector is also under pressure to deliver services to about 80% of the population who cannot afford private health care.

The public health challenges including the burden of diseases such as HIV/AIDS, malaria, TB, and shortage of key medical personnel provides you with a good opportunity to learn in a

different setting that is under-resourced. This helps you to understand your professional attributes and also appreciate the culture of your patients.

In south Africa, you will encounter 1far-reaching reform plans to revitalize and restructure south African health care system to offer you an opportunity to learn health care reforms in a different

environment from home. You will also learn how healthcare systems were before independence due to apartheid policy.

There are about 4200 public health facilities in South Africa with the National Health Laboratory service being the largest pathology in South Africa. These laboratories will provide you with

diagnostic services as well as health-related research. South Africa has also signed Cooperation Agreements with several countries allowing medical practitioners to practise in South Africa.

WHAT YOU CAN DO

We in GEP have partnered with several medical facilities to offer the following electives:

•Medicine
•Nursing
•Midwifery
•Dentistry
•Medical Technology
•Radiology
•Physical Therapy
•Pharmacy
•Rural Experience