Vision & Mission


The Ukwanda Centre for Rural Health was established in June 2002 by the University of Stellenbosch, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, as part of their vision to train health care professionals with applicable knowledge and hands on experience of the health issues facing rural and underserved communities.


Ukwanda’s mission is to focus on making a difference to rural health care through empowering students, health workers and communities for wellness.

We do this by:

  1. Providing transformative and contextualized training for students at all levels, in response to the needs of rural populations.
  2. Bringing together communities, students and staff motivated by passion, care and hope to respond to society’s needs.
  3. Undertaking relevant and socially accountable research in collaboration with partners.
  4. Engaging constantly with the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences and the broader University to ensure that equity for rural communities remains an important focus; and
  5. being a resource and model of innovation for other institutions in Africa.