The future direction of health and health care planning in Sudan 

مستقبل الصحة والنظام الصحي في السودان

The following is a short summary of the event. For more information, please contact the presenters.

Whole system approach to health care planning in the Sudan
Dr. Mayada Abu Affan, Consultant in Public Health Medicine, Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council, West Midlands and Honorary Lecturer, University of Birmingham, UK 

  • Dr. Mayada Abu Affan reviewed the importance of the whole system approach, and the importance of tackling the inequality gap, assuring that all have access to healthcare before stepping up the services available. She reviewed the social, environmental, and educational challenges that Sudan is facing to better access and quality of healthcare. She emphasised that growing and increasing the access of healthcare in Sudan must be tackled in multiple angles simultaneously, in hand with a right mindset, of partnership.

Health in all policies and opportunities in the wider health system
Dr. Muna Abdel AzizDirector of Public Health, Warrington, UK and Former Deputy Director of Public Health Institute, Sudan

  • She reviewed the process of policy modification and creation in healthcare, as well as, the pillars determined by WHO; improved health, equity and efficiency. Emphasised the importance of steady growth, avoiding boom and bust programs. Sudan public health officials and medical practitioners should move towards common interests with policy makers, giving a louder voice to local communities’ needs and desires.

Emergency Care in Sudan – ًWhat is the Perfect Model?
Dr. Ahmed Eltahir O. Ali, Speciality Registrar in Emergency Medicine, Manchester, UK

  • With his first-hand experience, he realises the importance of integrating multidisciplinary and multi-sector efforts into emergency healthcare to assure best quality practices

Health finance and economics in Sudan
Dr Abdelrahman Faki Omer, Specialty Trainee in Clinical Radiology & Former Health Economist at the Federal Ministry of Health in Sudan

  • Reviewed the advantages and challenges of universal healthcare. He emphasised that starting points are increasing access through compulsory enrollment. A challenge includes selecting what ailments will be covered. Lastly he highlighted the dangers of privitasation of the healthcare system, with a huge potential to push the middle class into poverty.

Resaerch in Sudan: my experience and the role of Sudan’s young Diaspora
Dr. Rayan Gaafar, Foundation Year 1 Doctor, Buckinghamshire NHS Trust, UK

  • Emphasised the necessity to increase the people’s trust in the healthcare system, mainly through the use of culture appropriate treatments. She highlighted the importance of medical research, it provides funding and more importantly, local knowledge.

Is there a ‘one size fits all’ approach to breast cancer screening in Sudan?
Shaza Elamin4th Year Medical Student, Queen’s University Belfast, Northern Ireland

  • Highlighted the detrimental effects of late detection of breast cancer, high cost, and lowered survival rate. She indicated the downfalls of a ‘one size fits all approach’ due localised differences, including the appearance of breast cancer in much younger populations in Sudan. The road to improvement can be achieved through a whole systems approach, early detection and awareness, and screening of at-risk populations, with localised programs.

Encouraging participation amongst young talent in Sudan and global health policies
Mohammed AbdulazizDeputy Director Polygeia & 5th year Medical Student, Cambridge University, UK

  • Covered topics surrounding the role of youth in public policy. He highlighted the importance of youth’s capabilities of innovation, time investment, and motivation. In order to excel in public policy as youth, he higlights certain efforts and characteristics including, organisational skills, branding (meaningful passion), support from role models or mentors, and diversification, to keep youth motivated and interested. In order to diversify, leaders should inspire them to continue participating by showing them that their opinion is valued, and support them in making contacts and networking.

The presentations were followed by a fruitful debate. Please stay tuned for the video of the event. All our free events will be livestreamed through our Facebook pages. 

Watch last debate on Sudan “SUDAN AT A CROSSROADS: Towards a Vision for the Future & Youth Empowerment”

Also explore watch presentations from WASD’s previous events.

World Association for Sustainable Development (WASD)
UN Major Group for Children and Youth (UN MGCY)
Sudan Knowledge (SK)
Middle Eastern Knowledge Economy Institute (MEKEI)
Centre for Innovation Management and Enterprise (CIME), University of East London (UEL)

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