Sudan's fight against acute watery diarrhoea: Khalid's story

Acute Watery Diarrhoea has affected Sudan since August 2016, infecting over 36,000 people and killing over 800 to date. These are the stories of the people living with, and fighting against AWD. This week: Khalid Sarour, Environmental Health Officer in Kosti, White Nile.

Sudan's fight against acute watery diarrhoea: Khalid's story

Khalid Sarour speaking with community leaders in White Nile state (Photo: Khalid Sarour/WHO Sudan).

The main cause of infection in White Nile, says Khalid Sarour (43) of the World Health Organization, is the lack of safe water. “Most people use the Nile’s river water for all of their daily needs. Bathing, going to the bathroom, but also drinking and cooking. They often do not know, or are unable, to filter, chlorinate, or boil all their water before they use it.” Additionally, bacteria can grow easily in the sometimes stagnated water in the White Nile. Water levels alternate from quite low to flooding, and the surrounding air temperatures are high. 

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First National Nursing and Midwifery Conference shows strong mobilization against Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting

A total of 450 nurses and midwives from governmental and non-governmental institutions as well as nursing and midwifery students from the 18 states of Sudan gathered for between 19 and...

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In focus

Access to key medicine for nearly 2 million Sudanese due to USAID contribution

In early 2017, health systems across Sudan, and especially in Darfur, Blue Nile, and Kordofan, were struggling with an increasing burden, as no less than 3,4 million people were in...

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Key health-related statistics

Total population (000s) 38 435
Total health expenditure (% of general government expenditure) 11.6
Maternal mortality ratio (per 100 000 live births) 311
Primary health care units and centres (per 10 000 population) 1.6
Total life expectancy at birth (years) 64.1

Source: Country statistical profiles 2016

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