We are a charity aiming to help people with stroke and diabetes in the Sudan.
Stroke is very common in the Sudan. People with stroke should be treated in a special unit known as the stroke unit. They receive treatment during the initial phase and then they receive physiotherapy. Most people get better and go back to work and feed their families. People who work in the stroke unit should receive specialised training.
There are no proper stroke units in the Sudan. People there die from stroke or become disabled and bed bound for the rest of their lives. This includes young people.
We want to set up stroke units in the Sudan. The first step in this work is to train people. We can not help patients if there are no people qualified to help them. Some hospitals in Britain are willing to help us. We need funds to send some teams from Britain to train our team in the Sudan. We also need to make arrangements for our team members in the Sudan to spend some time here to get practical training. On top of that, we need to provide equipment necessary to take care of stroke patients. Therefore, we need money. We need support from people here in the form of regular monthly standing order or by one off donations or by dropping some money in the collection pots.
We are already in touch with Soba University Hospital in Khartoum as well as Nyala Hospital in Southern Darfur. The first two stroke units will be established there.
We have already delivered an initial training programme at Soba Hospital from 22 to 26 July 2018.
The North Midlands University Hospital in Stoke-on Trent is very keen and enthusiastic to help us. We visited the Hospital and met with the stroke team there and the Stroke Lead, Dr Indira Natarajan. Their team will visit Soba Hospital in few months time to provide practical training.
Nyala hospital started an English Language course for their trainees. They have designed a plan for the stroke unit and they are now collecting funds for the building work. A workshop will be delivered there afterwards.
Diabetes is also very common in the Sudan. It can cause blindness, kidney failure, heart attacks, strokes, and loss of the legs. There is need for specially trained people to look after people with diabetes and educate them. There is a very excellent diabetes association in the Sudan. They are doing very good work. However, they need support. We want to support them by providing equipment not available in the Sudan and also helping in training.