TIA - This is Africa
Welcome to the land where the two Niles meet, where the sun never sets, where Africa's very essense reaches out to your soul.
Located at the heart of Africa is the beauty that is Sudan, a country with a unique history and an exquisite blend of African and Arab culture. It is the home of the river Nile, the longest river in the world. Sudan was formerly the largest country in the Arab and African world (up until 2011) and is currently third in both.
Gaining its independence in January 1st, 1956, Sudan has flourished to become the mesmerizing country it is today.
Vision & Mission of the Federal Ministry of Health in Sudan:
To build a healthy nation, with emphasis on the health needs of the poor, underserved, disadvantaged and vulnerable populations, thereby contributing to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals and the overall social and economic development of the country.
Healthcare System in Sudan
The healthcare system in sudan is one where much improvement is due, with an average life expectancy of a mere 64.1 years, ranking 141st worldwide. A multitude of factors are responsible for that number, including the insufficiency of health care centers in the rural areas as well as the presence of severe diseases which are eradicated elsewhere. Major causes of death in Sudan are diarrheal diseases, malnutrition and tuberculosis (Ranking 3rd, 5th, and 6th respectively). Many tropical diseases are also common in Sudan, which will allow the medical student to witness cases he will rarely see elsewhere in the world.
Hospitals in general are divided into public and private hospitals, and although the hospitals attended by each exchange student will vary from LC to LC, here are examples of two of the prominent hospitals in the country:
- Khartoum Teaching Hospital
- Soba Teaching Hospital
We have 27 Medical Schools in Sudan. The period of schooling varies from 5-7 years.
In the first 3 years, the students study the basic medical subjects : Anatomy, Physiology, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Immunology and Pharmacology and Pathology.
In the next years, the students study the Clinical subjects (Medicine, Pediatrics, Surgery, Obstetrics and Gynecology) theoretically and practically in the hospital.
MEANS OF TRANSPORTATION
- Khartoum International Airport (KIA) - This is the airport that all incomings will be arriving at. All internal flights within Sudan are also through KIA.
- Buses- With over 50 bus stations within the capital only, the buses in Sudan aren't only available but are considerably cheap and the prices range from 1 to 5 Sudanese pounds which is a bargain price.
- Taxi- Sudan has an affordable and reasonable taxi services wether those are the public taxis or the private ones (Sudanese version of Uber : Careem- Tirhal - Mishwar).
- Trains- Those connect the capital to the distant parts of the country.
- Raksha- Is a mini tripod that is offers transportation to mid-ranged destinations.
- Amjad (Mini-Taxi)- offers the same quality and range as the usual taxi, but is less expensive and more available.
- Sudanese museums
- Traditional souk of Omdurman
- Nubian wrestling
- Portsudan and red Sea hills
- Meroe Albajraweya Pyramids
- Sabalouka Waterfalls
- Traditional Sudanese wedding
- "Al Mogran" - the joining of the Blue Nile and White Nile to form the Great Nile River
- Al-Sunut Forest, overlooking the White Nile
Sudan isn't just a country. It's a collection of cultures and traditions that collided and mixed to create an atmosphere that only exists in this beautiful wonderful country.
This takes us back in time to when the region know as "The Soudan" extended from the Red Sea to the Atlantic Ocean. This vast country contained within it thousands of various tribes that composed a vast nation. And over time these tribes interacted with each other and mixedcreating a unique blend that nowadays combines the flavor of the entire African continent.
Then Sudan started shrinking. And by the time the Arabs came to Africa it was almost the same shape it is today. The Nubian kingdom in Sudan was one of the greatest kingdoms in Africa extending along the coast of the Great Nile and the pyramids you find today in Albajrawya (The Kingdom of Meroe) stand through the ages and passing the test of time as a testimony of its greatness.
The culture in Sudan carries all of these different civilizations and all this history, emphasized when you look inside Khartoum when you see the old presidential palace, built by the Turks, and the new one. Also seen in Omdurman when you look at the house of the Khalifa who ruled Sudan after the first independence which was a point of all the decision makers at that time.
The West carries the scent of Africa within its beautiful mountains and green fields, the east carries the scent of Arabia within its sand and desert. And the capital just sums it up.
- All Credit and Debit Cards (VISA, Mastercard, etc.) do not work in Sudan, all transactions are carried out through cash.
- Dollars and Euros are preferable currencies as they are easy to exchange and their exchange services are available at all times.
- Our exchange team will pick you up from the airport and provide you with all the details regarding your clerkship