Nearly 25 years of US sanctions against Sudan have helped to create crisis conditions in health care and scientific research Amy Maxmen explains in a Foreign Policy report.
Since the imposition of the 1993 sanctions, which designated Sudan as a state sponsor of terrorism, doctors and scientists have struggled to conduct research and import medical supplies and equipment, including sutures and echocardiography and mammography machines.
Ahmed Elsayed, a Khartoum heart surgeon featured in the story, recounts a 14-year-old patient with massive internal bleeding who died because a medical device did not arrive in time. “I wish the guys who pass the sanctions in Congress would be subjected to seeing these patients,” said Elsayed. “They do not know the ramifications of their laws.”