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Dismantling Processes in the Sudanese Public Health Services Sector

The Case of Dr Abbo’s Fistula Centre
Hind Mahmoud Youssef Hussein and Alice Koumurian
p. 169-186


The idea for this paper was inspired by the discovery of the destruction of Dr Abbo’s Fistula Centre in 2015. Why was this centre of international renown destroyed? Our assumption was that the decision was related to dismantling processes and liberalization policies in the Sudanese public health services sector. The main sources for our analysis consist of various interviews conducted with health practitioners and stakeholders during February and March 2016.

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Research method and research challenges
The issue of fistula in Sudan: a challenging research topic
From an internationally renowned Centre to destruction in 2015: the case of Dr Abbo’s Fistula Centre
Dr Abbo’s Fistula Centre: an illustration of the liberalization policies and dismantling processes in the Sudanese public health services sector?

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“All of a sudden, I heard that the centre was going to be destroyed (…)” said Dr Abbo when we met him in February 2015. “I said to Dr Mamoun [Mamoun Humeida, the Minister of Health of Khartoum State], this centre is not for Sudan, it is for the whole world, all of Africa (…). This building is known all over the world”.

Ten years ago, while doing her fieldwork for her Master’s thesis on the socio-economic impact of obstetric fistula on Sudanese women, Hind Mahmoud spent a great deal of time with the patients and doctors at Dr Abbo’s Fistula Centre at Khartoum Teaching Hospital. At the time, she was studying gender issues for her Master’s Degree at the Ahfad University for Women.

Dr Abbo’s Centre, which was partly funded by UNFPA, specialized in the treatment of fistula, and began operating in the early 1970s. It was known for having “one of the longest-running fistula programs on the African continent” and was a place where on the one hand, women with fistula could stay and...

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Hind Mahmoud Youssef Hussein and Alice Koumurian, « Dismantling Processes in the Sudanese Public Health Services Sector », Égypte/Monde arabe,Troisième série, 14 | 2016, Online since 21 October 2018, connection on 11 December 2017. URL : ; DOI : 10.4000/ema.3598

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About the authors

Hind Mahmoud Youssef Hussein

Hind Mahmoud Youssef Hussein is a PhD student on Development Studies at Ahfad University for Women. She is also an associate researcher at CEDEJ and is a participant in one of CEDEJ’s research programmes entitled METRO 2 Soudan. She has a Master’s Degree in Gender Studies from Ahfad University for Women.

Alice Koumurian

Alice Koumurian is currently Project Officer at CEDEJ Khartoum. She has a Master’s Degree in Public Affairs and a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Sciences from Sciences Po Paris.

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