Political violence following the collapse of Omar al-Bashir's regime in April 2019 is straining Sudan’s fragile health and emergency services.
But Sudan has the resources and leaders, including experienced medical professionals needed to strengthen the system, says a group of international authors in a new Lancet commentary. They call on health players in Sudan to form and lead a coordinating body focused on 3 priorities:
- Develop a national contingency response plan for all likely political scenarios
- Map relief efforts to identify gaps and referral pathways for those in need of medical care
- Bolster the coordinated documentation of political violence and attacks on health care