22 Apr

The Sudan Doctors’ Union - UK Branch met in London on the 19th of Feb with representatives of the British Foreign Office for International Relations (Sudan Office) and the Department of International Development (Africa)

Several issues were discussed. These included issues related to health services in Sudan, the role of the Sudanese diaspora in highlighting the basic requirements that guarantee fairness and equality and the accessibility to these services by Sudanese citizens in all 18 states of Sudan

Furthermore, there was emphasis on the importance of transparency and governance in any development projects and the necessity of monitoring the outcomes of these projects - particularly those funded by the British government via international organisations based in Sudan

The SDU confirmed the importance of its members’ engagement in supporting the training in Sudan in collaboration with academic institutions

The SDU also pointed out the importance of focusing on the problems of cost and availability of medicine, especially in critical and emergency situations

In highlighting the global indicators based on the statistics of the World Health Organisation, the SDU expressed concerns about the high rate of maternal and neonatal mortality and the importance of paying attention to strengthening the role of preventive medical services as a key element in future development projects such as antenatal care during pregnancy, family planning, and healthy nutrition. Around 50% of primary health units are not functioning; these are the units supposedly provide essential preventive care

The SDU also spoke about the importance of shedding light on the true prevalence of malnutrition in children in peripheral areas and areas of conflict as well as facilitating the work of the non-governmental organisations and not obstructing their work by the authorities in Sudan. The SDU pointed out the lack of commitment of health officials in applying constitutional rights stated in Constitution of 2005 (item 46): free emergency health services and primary health care. Following footsteps of any patient in the majority of the public hospitals; in particular in rural areas; the majority of patients will spend out of pocket money to pay for emergency care.

The union expressed its concern about the methods of repression and violence practiced against peaceful demonstrators in January 2018. This is evidenced by the poor health status of detainees and the lack of medical treatment and follow-up during detention. Testimonials provided by released detainees' families confirmed these practices

The SDU welcomed the recent EU statement issued, demanding the unconditional release of all detainees

The representative of the Sudan Office at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs affirmed the commitment of the British government to the international conventions calling for the prevention of all kinds of human violations and that the British government will continue through its embassy in Khartoum to demand the release of all detainees

The two sides also stressed the importance of continuous communication, engagement and involvement with Sudanese medical diaspora in strategic dialogue in health, training and development programmes  related to Sudan 





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