This is part of the South Africa-Cuba Medical Programme signed between the two countries in 1996.
The SA-CUBA medical programme is one of the national strategies developed by government to strengthen and create capacity to ensure that the public health sector has adequate and competent health professionals to sustain the health system.
The programme was introduced to increase the health workforce to ensure better healthcare services.
The National Development Plan (NDP) 2030 envisions a health system that works for everyone and produces positive health outcomes accessible to all.
The bilateral agreement is a national strategy to expand opportunities to young South Africans from the destitute families to be recruited and trained in the field of medicine in Cuba.
The Limpopo Provincial Government, through the Department of Health, having been active participants in the SA/Cuban Medical Scholarship with other provinces since 1999, planned to recruit 110 students to Cuba to pursue medical studies as announced by Premier Mathabatha during State of the Province Address (SOPA).
Since 1999 to date, the province has sent a total of 450 students to study medicine in Cuba.