Dear colleagues of the Sudan Doctors Union,
On behalf of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, we are writing to express our deep sadness at the events unfolding in Sudan. As an organisation dedicated to improving women’s healthcare across the world, we stand in solidarity with the people and health professional community of Sudan.
We recognise the bravery, dedication and fortitude of the medical professionals and health organisations working at this extremely difficult time. We send our heartfelt thanks for continuing to deliver care to the women and girls of Sudan, aware of the significant risk to personal safety and trauma that this may represent for colleagues in Sudan.
The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists stands opposed to regimes across the globe that seek to curtail essential human rights. Across the world, women and girls must be able to access treatment without the threat of violence, intimidation, prejudice or shame. It is vital that healthcare staff have the support and freedom to continue treating those in need of gynaecologic and obstetric care without fear of reprisal or harm.
We hope for a swift de-escalation of the fighting in Sudan, recognising the significant impact on the lives of your members, the Sudanese people and the Sudanese diaspora across globe. We are also thinking of our Sudanese members and fellows who work in the UK and other countries, who will be concerned about families and friends in their home country.
If there is anything we can do to support you, please do not hesitate to let us know.
Dr Ranee Thakar
Professor Hassan Shehata
Senior and Global Health Vice President