Africa, Sudan/North Kordofan: Education and raising awareness
Howaida Alnour Makki Ahmad on behalf of University of Kordofan, Sudan

Aim

Development of training medical doctors structure and raising awareness in rural population.

The project

North Kordofan state in Sudan has a population of about 2.7 million people and is served by only one eye hospital in the capital town, El-Obeid. There are five ophthalmologists in North Kordofan state, all of whom work in El-Obeid. Rural hospitals and primary health care (PHC) centers are staffed either with general medical officers or medical assistants, not specifically trained in eye care. The ministry of health started a project of eye care with help from a British NGO in 2013, which ended in 2017.

This project aims to ensure the sustainability and the continuing impact of the eye care services, particularly in rural areas, by training locally available PHC professionals, and integrate primary eye care into existing PHC services. Ten ophthalmologists/residents, 40 medical officers, 80 medical assistants, 6 optometrists and 8 operating room nurses will be trained, and all the state population will benefit from this service.

The PHC professionals to be trained will be selected from those residing mostly in the rural areas and serving the local population, and will be expected to continue to serve the community for years to come. After the end of the project, training can continue by those who were previously trained training others, ensuring the sustainability of the project.

University Website: http://kordofan.edu.sd

Training session for school teachers in Bara, Sudan, on identifying visual problems in children. Patients' crowds in Kindiwa village, where a free eye health camp was organized. Mass-check of visual acuity of school children in ElObeid. Free spectacles are provided. A patient trying her new free reading glasses in an eye camp in Wad Ashana, Sudan.