Sudan’s doctors battle to keep people alive

The Take speaks to Khartoum-based Dr Ahmed Omer about the threats to medical professionals there.

A patient is transported on a gurney at the Medani Heart Centre hospital.
A patient is transported on a gurney at the Medani Heart Centre hospital in Wad Madani, the capital of the Al-Jazirah state in east-central Sudan. [AFP]

Fighting between the Sudanese Armed Forces and the Rapid Support Forces, a paramilitary group, has rocked Sudan for six weeks now. The doctors expected to treat the wounded are dealing with crisis after crisis. Supplies are limited, and many hospitals that have survived gunfire and shelling are reported to have become military outposts. Doctors also say they face harassment campaigns based on their past political activity. Only a handful of hospitals remain open across the country. The Take hears how medical staff in Sudan are organising themselves and keeping people alive through the chaos.

In this episode: 

  • Dr Ahmed Omer, emergency medicine specialist
  • Mat Nashed (@matnashed), journalist

Episode credits:

This episode was produced by Negin Owliaei, David Enders and our host, Malika Bilal. Miranda Lin fact-checked this episode.

Our sound designer is Alex Roldan. Tim St Clair mixed this episode.

Our lead of audience development and engagement is Aya Elmileik. Munera Al Dosari and Adam Abou-Gad are our engagement producers.

Alexandra Locke is The Take’s executive producer, and Ney Alvarez is Al Jazeera’s head of audio.

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Source: Al Jazeera