The South African Medical Association (SAMA) has donated R550 000 towards the #IMadeADoctor campaign, which paid for the fees of 118 students.
In a statement on Friday, 13 March 2020, the South African Medical Association announced the R550 000 donation it made towards the #IMadeADoctor campaign, which has since assisted 118 medical students facing financial distress at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN). The campaign was launched by the Medical Campus Representative Council (MCRC), in partnership with UKZN. and was mandated to raise R1 million, which would assist in paying historical debt and/or the registration fees of the 118 students.
“The Junior Doctors’ Association of SAMA also strongly motivated for a donation and, in the end, the decision to assist was an easy one for us to make. Investing in future medical professionals is important and this is a tangible way in which we can make a difference,” said Dr Mvuyisi Mzukwa, SAMA Deputy Chairperson. Xoliswa Njapha of the MCRC noted that SAMA’s donation has helped the campaign reach its initial goal of raising R1 million.
While the donation was an investment in the country’s future doctors, Dr Mzukwa urged that it should also motivate others to play a part in the education of those who are in financial distress. “We’ve taken this step as it involves medical students who form part of our healthcare community as a medical association. But it should also serve as a message to other similar institutions and associations who represent professionals in other fields that there are students who need financial assistance, and who will benefit from their generosity,” he concluded.