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A total of 57 graduates from the University of Villa Clara in Cuba received their medical degrees at the 9th Cuban Trained Medical Doctors Graduation Ceremony hosted by Stellenbosch University (SU) on behalf of the South African Department of Health in the Endler Hall, Konservatorium (Conservatoire of Music) at Stellenbosch University (SU) today (17 July).

These graduates are among more than 800 students who benefitted from the Nelson Mandela/ Fidel Castro Medical Collaboration Programme between South Africa and Cuba that started in 1997. The aim of the programme is to address the shortage of medical practitioners in historically disadvantaged areas as well as to improve human resource workforce capacity and strengthen the health care system in South Africa.

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