Under the leadership of Prof. Zein A. Karrar, Sudan Medical Council (SMC) awarded Recognition Status by the World Federation of Medical Education
Sudan Medical Council (SMC) has been awarded Recognition Status by the World Federation of Medical Education (WFME). The Recognition SMC is the tenth accrediting agency that has received the WFME Recognition Status worldwide, and the first in both the Arab and African countries (http://wfme.org/news/sudan-medical-council-smc-awarded-recognition-status/) . Professor Zein A. Karrar (Photo) has been the President of SMC since 2009 (https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=QG5d150bRWI). He is also Ex-President of the Sudan Association of Paediatricians, and is currently Member of the Editorial Board of the Sudanese Journal of Paediatrics.
Dr Ahmed Hashim delivers the Royal College of Physicians (UK) Quincentennial Lecture
In celebration of its 500th anniversary, the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) has appointed a Quincentennial Lecturer in each region of the UK. Dr Ahmed Hashim was chosen by the RCP to deliver the Quincentennial lecture for London and South East Region. On Monday, 30 April 2018 he presented his work (Photo, right) which was attended by Professor Jane Dacre, RCP President (Photo, left).
Dr Ahmed Hashim is the son of Dr. Mohamed Sir Elkhatim Hashim (Photo, right; Member of the Editorial Board of the Sudanese Journal of Paediatrics, and Ex-President of the Sudan Association of Paediatricians). His mother Dr Nawal Elkurdufani (Photo, middle; Consultant Cardiologist and Ex-President of the Sudan Association of Physicians) received in 2017 the RCP Excellence in Patient Care Award.
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Sudanese paediatric neurologist unravels the mystery of a child with rare genetic movement disorder in Britain
A young boy has undergone an innovative Deep Brain Stimulation treatment at Bristol Royal Hospital for Children, UK to help manage his life-threatening movement disorder. The nine year old child spent most of his life not knowing what's causing his condition, which has led to feeding difficulties and psychomotor delay. Dr Mohamed Osman E. Babiker, Consultant Paediatric Neurologist (Photo), managed to unravel the mystery of this child’s rare genetic disease. To learn more: http://www.uhbristol.nhs.uk/news/boy-with-rare-gene-mutation-undergoes-pioneering-treatment-at-bristol-royal-hospital-for-children/
Assistant International Editor of the Sudanese Journal of Paediatrics joins the King Faisal Prize International Selection Committee
Professor Sarar H. Mohamed (Photo, left), Assistant International Editor of the Sudanese Journal of Paediatrics, joined the King Faisal Prize International Selection Committee (Medicine). HRH Prince Khalid Al-Faisal bin Abd Al-Aziz, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at the King Faisal Foundation and Chairman of the King Faisal Prize Board (Photo, right) welcomed the Committee which convened in Riyadh (January 2018 ) to select winners and choose prize topics for the following year. To learn more: http://kfip.org/about-kfip/
Ex-Editor of the Sudanese Journal of Paediatrics honored at Al-Baha 6th International Pediatrics Conference
Dr. Satti Abdulrahim Satti, Ex-Editor of the Sudanese Journal of Paediatrics, Ex-President of the Sudan Association of Paediatricians , and Dean Faculty of Medicine, AlMughtaribeen University, Khartoum State, Sudan was honored By Prince of Al-Baha Region, Prince Dr. Hossam bin Saud bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, as part of the activities of Al-Baha 6th International Pediatric Conference (28-30 November 2017). This appreciation and tribute to Dr. Satti is for being President of the Sudan Association of Paediatricians and also as being one of the pediatricians who established the Pediatrics Department of the King Fahad Hospital, Al-Baha, serving for several years before returning to Sudan. To learn more click here.
Ex-President of The Sudan Association of Paediatricians honored at the 10th International Meeting of Pediatric Endocrinolinology in Washington D.C., USA
Professor Mohammed Ahmed Abdullah, Ex-President of the Sudan Association of Paediatricician has been honored during The 10th International Meeting of Pediatric Endocrinology (the largest global gathering of more than 4,000 Pediatric Endocrinologists from over 100 countries) which convened in Washington D.C., USA from 14-17 September 2017. He delivered an invited plenary session talk on his pioneering experience in establishing a comprehensive pediatric endocrinology service in resource limited settings.
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The Assistant Editor of the Sudanese Journal of Paediatrics receives an International Award on behalf of the Faculty of Medicine, University of Gezira, Sudan
The Islamic Development Bank honored the winners of the Annual Awards in the field of science and technology for the year 2017. The list of the three scientific institutions that received the Science and Technology Award included the Faculty of Medicine at University of Gezira in Sudan for managing to put a unique and innovative system of medical training. The ceremony was held on the sidelines of the 42nd Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors of the Islamic Development Bank (14- 17 May 2017) in Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Professor Hydar Elhadi Babikir (Photo:left), Dean Faculty of Medicine, University of Gezira and Assistant Editor of the Sudanese Journal of Paediatrics (SJP) received the Award on behalf of the University of Gezira. A high delegation from University of Gezira, represented by the Vice Chancellor Prof. Mohamed Warrag Omer and Prof. Ali Babiker Habour, Ex-Editor of SJP and Ex-Dean Faculty of Medicine, also participated in the celebration of receiving the Award. To learn more click here
The British Paediatric Neurology Association (BPNA) Annual Report highlights Sudanese paediatric neurologists
The BPNA 2014- 2015 Annual Report highlighted the new partnership model of the international Paediatric Epilepsy Training (PET) programme, first launched in Sudan and India. Dr Maha A. Elseed, Dr Ahlam A. Hamed and Dr Inaam N. Mohammed (photo: left to right) were featured in the Report, having acted as PET Sudan leads.
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New hopes to treat the flesh-eating, bone-destroying disease mycetoma
Mycetoma has been overlooked by global health authorities for a considerable period. In Sudan, the socioeconomic consequences are grave: children drop out of school and their peer group, and young adults cannot finish their training or find a job or a spouse. In January 2016, the Executive Board of the WHO endorsed adding mycetoma to the neglected diseases list. Final approval by the World Health Assembly meeting in May 2016 will pave the way for funding organizations to support the much-needed epidemiologic and other research. The photo shows Prof. Ahmed Fahal (right), Director of the Mycetoma Research Center, University of Khartoum and Nathalie Strub Wourgaft (left), of the Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative, examining a patient. To learn more click here.
Sudanese Paediatrician Appointed High Sheriff of Northamptonshire, United Kingdom
Dr Ahmed Ibrahim Mukhtar, Sudanese Paediatrician who has been medical director at Kettering General Hospital for eight years, was appointed High Sheriff of Northamptonshire, United Kingdom (UK) in the spring of 2015. Dr Ahmed I. Mukhtar, who spent over 40 years working in medicine, is a member of the International Editorial Board of the Sudanese Journal of Paediatrics (SJP). He graduated from the Faculty of Medicine, University of Khartoum (U of K) and has been the President of the U of K Medical Students Union. He has also served for a number of years on the governing council of University College Northampton and its successor the University of Northampton, UK. To learn more click here.
Paediatric neurology at the confluence of the Blue and White Niles
The faculties of the International Child Neurology Association (ICNA) and the British Paediatric Neurology Association (BPNA), together with a team of speech, language and occupational therapists, London NHS Trust visited the pyramids of the Kushite rulers of Meroe. Meroe, the Southern Capital of the Napta / Meroitic Kingdom (800BC - 350AD), was a major power in the ancient world and is one of The World Heritage Sites of UNESCO (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1336). This was during a major paediatric neurology event, which targeted specialists, general paediatricians, neurologists, physicians, nurses and para-medical staff, and took place during the period January 27-31, 2015 in Khartoum at the confluence of the Blue and White Niles. To learn more click here:
The Lancet highlights the pioneering work of a Sudanese Paediatric Cardiologist
In its Perspective Section The Lancet (one of the world's oldest and best known general medical journals [founded in 1823]) highlighted the pioneering work of Prof. Sulafa Khalid Ali, Consultant Paediatric Cardiologist, Department of Paediatrics and Child Health, Faculty of Medicine, University of Khartoum, Sudan. Prof. Sulafa has recently published an article in the Sudanese Journal of Paediatrics highlighting her pioneering work in controlling rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease in Sudan. (Sudan J Paediatr 2014; 14(1):21-24)
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A new technique for treating elbow fractures in children
Every year, 25,000 children (aged 5-8 years) require surgery for fractured elbows. A new closed reduction technique for the supracondylar elbow fractures in children has been developed by a Sudanese - born orthopedic surgeon working in the United Kingdom. Speaking about the new technique Mr Elrasheid Saed commented that current procedures to correct these fractures require counter traction by standard method and may need open reduction fixation. This new technique (now known as Saed TFC) can be done without open surgery. To learn more click here:
New treatment for a neglected tropical disease
Mycetoma constitutes a serious health problem with high morbidity in endemic subtropical areas leading to severe deformity and disability both in children and adults. The disease has recently been recognized by the WHO as a neglected tropical condition.
The recalcitrant nature of the disease necessitates prolonged antifungal therapy combined with massive and repeated surgical debridement, and in severe cases, amputation of the affected part may be the only remaining treatment option. A new antifungal therapy, Ravuconazole, was reported recently to be an effective and affordable therapeutic option for the treatment of eumycetoma. The study was an international collaborative research involving scientists from Mycetoma Research Centre, University of Khartoum, Khartoum, Sudan; Faculty of Medical Laboratory Sciences, University of Khartoum, Khartoum, Sudan; CBS-KNAW Fungal Biodiversity Centre, Utrecht, The Netherlands; as well as scientists from institutes and universities in The Netherlands, Saudi Arabia, USA, China and Brazil. To learn more click here:
A new modified strabismus surgery
Strabismus is misalignment of the eyes which affects about 3% of children. If left untreated, it causes vision loss due to amblyopia in about 50% of cases and results in a significant adverse cosmetic effect. To treat strabismus, the eyes are aligned surgically when nonsurgical methods are unsuccessful. Other than the plan of surgery, the most challenging task in strabismus surgery is proper suturing of the eye muscles. A simple and efficient way to do that has been developed in Omdurman, Sudan. To learn more click here.
New evidence that may change traditional treatment of childhood severe malaria in endemic countries
The African quinine versus artesunate malaria trial (AQUAMAT) has now proved that parenteral artesunate is superior to quinine in children with severe malaria. The AQUAMAT trial represents the largest trial on hospitalized patients with severe malaria ever completed, with 5425 patients, equally divided in two treatment groups exposed to artesunate and quinine, respectively. For details click here.
Preimplantation genetic diagnosis offers the awaited hope for preventingneurogenetic disorders
A consanguineous Sudanese family, followed for eight years, with multiple children affected by a devastating neurogenetic / neurometabolic disorder (isolated sulphite oxidase deficiency) managed to have a normal child following preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) and in vitro fertilization. The story and its scientific background was recently published in the Canadian Journal of Neurological Sciences. The study was a collaborative research between the College of Medicine, King Saud University, Riyadh, King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center, Riyadh, and Saad Specialist Hospital, Al-Khobar, Saudi Arabia. For details click here
An ancient abnormal gene migrating from the Arabian Peninsula to Sudan
A recent genetic study on a congenital form of muscle disease affecting a Sudanese family (living in the central part of Sudan) and three other Saudi families found the same gene mutation in the four families, suggesting remote consanguinity and a founder effect in all four families. The study was a collaborative work between King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; University of Khartoum, Sudan, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Children’s Hospital, Boston; University of Iowa, Iowa City, USA; Department of Pediatrics, Security Forces Hospital, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; and Foundation IRCCS Neurological Institute C. Besta, Italy. To learn more:http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22166137
The wonder foods, mango, pumpkin, baobab and godeim
Growing children still need plenty of energy. As they have small stomachs and large energy needs, their meals need to be more frequent and regular than an adult. In most developing countries the prevalence of under nutrition and micronutrient deficiencies is high among children. The diets commonly fed to them do not contain enough energy and micronutrient to meet daily requirements. But Common foods like mango, pumpkin baobab and godeim can be used to prepare to fulfill the nutrition deficiency......More......
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