Back home

Apr 30, 2019

After three weeks in Khartoum, I have returned to the United States. I learned a lot about how the World Health Organization functions in Sudan, especially considering the current political turmoil and instability that so often grips regions within and bordering on the country.

One of the biggest issues facing public health workers in Sudan is a constant atmosphere of emergency. There are always urgent problems cropping up; in the past few years, these have included a cholera epidemic, internally displaced people and refugees, and a popular uprising, among others. These issues always require immediate attention and resources to prevent further death and/or suffering. Perpetual emergencies mean that public health workers have trouble devoting significant resources to building a good and long lasting health system.

2 Replies to “Back home”

  1. Devon B. says:

    I am quite interested in how multi-disciplinary your project is, as politics has a massive influence on medicine. It is heartbreaking to know that cutting-edge technology can be circulating through rich communities, while low-income communities are left defenseless to preventable diseases. What do you think is the most effective way to spread the word about NTDs?

  2. Mina S. says:

    What do you think should be Sudan’s next step? Should other countries intervene or does that only create more problems?

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