Medical Mission in Sudan – Life as a Junior Doctor

So earlier this year, me and a group of doctors from Cambridge travelled to Sudan for a medical mission trip with a team of Sudanese Doctors, health care professionals and medical students from Houghton University. We set up six medical clinics in villages in northern Sudan. This is the Sudan medical adventure. Day 1, we arrived in for (Tomb?) and head to a restaurant in the city centre. “Welcome Sudan, this is our first day in the trip. We’ve all just landed and we’re having our first
organizational team meeting with the rest of the doctors. Everyone, say hello. “Hello” We drive through the city across the River Nile to our host family’s house and I apparently runs the entire length of the country pretty much, so we’ll be seeing at various different point in our
journey It’s very exciting and then get demolished at FIFA by some medical students before heading to bed. Day 2, we wake at the crack of dawn and head to Houghton University Medical School with boxes full of drugs and other medical supplies. All right. So this here is our box of drugs and syringes and things. “They came from, um, different companies and they’ve supported us with some financial support.” We make friends with some of the students there who treat us to some traditional Sudanese food. Cheers. “Cheers.” Oh, very nice. Then we load up the bus and join the 75 students and 20 doctors, lab technicians and pharmacists and had 500 kilometres north to Marui. So we’re about halfway through the journey, we’ve been driving for the last four hours and all there is around us is just deserts. After 8 hours of driving through the desert We arrive at the resort, debrief and head to our room “Wow, look at this.” Yes mate. Oh, we got a balcony as well Isn’t that really pretty It’s gonna be a solid spot to fly the drone from tomorrow
morning. Day 3 is when the fun really starts. We split up into three teams, each with 25 medical students and a handful of doctors and lab
technicians, my team drives an hour through the desert to reach a village called Village 5. We set up our clinic at the local primary school and for the rest of the day the medical students see all of the patients with our team of doctors overseeing the process All right. So this is the school that we’ve been in for the
past day and here’s how the patient flow work So they start off in the triage area over there and that’s where they get seen by some of our doctors and some of our fourth year medical students and they take a quick history Do the vital signs for their pulse blood pressure
respiratory rate and kind of triage them as to how urgency they need to be seen. Then once a patient has been triage they get given this form and then they get sent one of the clinic rooms over there or over there and we’ve been in these clinic rooms all day Just kind of seeing the patients as they come in Taking a full history doing an examination and then some patients just need reassurance and a bit of analgesia They can get that from the pharmacy which is over there. We’ve got a pharmacist We’ve got a supply of drugs, but then some patients need further investigations. So then, we send them over to our hematology and biochemistry lab that we’ve got set up and that’s where we can do things like a full blood count, urea electrolytes, uh, Urinalysis fecal analysis, that sort of stuff and then they come back to the clinic and then we sort them out based on the results of those investigations So this is actually a pretty great setup the medical students see the patients and talk to them in Arabic and then when they’re done They present the case to one of the doctors and we
double-check the management plan. This means that overall we provide a really good cost
effective service for patients who don’t normally get to see doctors and at the same time we’re helping train up the medical students in their
clinical reasoning and physical examination skills and rather than just providing a medical and educational service We also provide some entertainment for the local
schoolchildren by busting out the drone and letting them play with it, a
little bit (Music) Day 4 is a final clinical day. And so, our three teams drive to three more villages in northern Sudan All right. So here we are in the village of Alba Heap. We
came here this morning. And again, it’s the same setup as yesterday We now have two triage rooms one; for the men and one for the women, and then we’ve got two clinic rooms that they get Triaged into and we’ve got a pharmacy and we’ve got our lab going on overall. It’s been pretty chilled today We don’t have quite as many patients as we had yesterday So there was quite a good opportunity to teach some of the medical students We ran through the cardiovascular, the cranial nerves and knee examination. And these guys been really friendly, they cooked food for us Which was very tasty “And they’re so generously, they gave us the kind of brunch different types of meals and there’s this coming year this actually be Sheep intestine.” (Chuckle) So with our bellies comfortably full with sheep intestine we drive back to the resort to debrief we get together with the other teams share some presentations about interesting cases that we’d all seen across the two days and Roberto’s team deliver the performance of a traditional
Arabic song for everyone entertainment. All right, so it’s final day of
the trip We’ve done our two days of the medical mission and this morning We spent a couple of hours doing some lectures for the
medical students We did a talk about research methods in medicine and to talk about how to prepare for exams Such as the postgraduate medical exams like the MRCP and now we’re gonna spend the rest of the day just hanging out with the students and the other doctors. At the moment, we’re by the River Nile. Is this the River
Nile? “Yea” And then we’re gonna head back to (Hatume?) – there’s gonna be a fun day bus journey Hopefully see some pyramids on the way. Just, you know, have a nice social bonding experience So that was our medical adventure in Sudan over the five days. We explored some of the beautiful landscape We saw and treated hundreds of patients who would have otherwise had very limited access to health care and we made friends with some absolutely wonderful pharmacist, technicians, medical students and doctors along the way Thank you for watching If you’d like to know more about the medical mission or if you’d like to find out more about how you can get involved with doing cool stuff like this There’s gonna be a link in the video description that will
give you some more information. If you like the video, please do give it a cheeky thumbs up. If you haven’t subscribed to the channel Then please consider doing so. Have a lovely day, and we’ll see you in the next video. Goodbye (Music)

100 thoughts on “Medical Mission in Sudan – Life as a Junior Doctor

  1. Oh god, that's so inspirational! That's what we live for-to change the world for a better place in our own ways!!!
    btw congratulations on 200k subscribers! YOU DESERVE IT!!!

  2. These sort of things make me cry and I don't know why. Anyways, cheers to you guys, and all the things you did, you're doing and will be doing soon in your careers! 💞💞

  3. this is lovely, keep up the good work ^_^
    and can you make a video on how did you prepare for your MBBS thesis or project defense, and how did it go and all.

  4. Hi Ali ,i was looking forward to watch this video , and now its happening and i'm exited because it in my home .
    such program is part of the third year courses in my medical school in Gezira sudan , we go to rural areas and try to make some improvements , i'm medical student now but we bring junior and resident doctors to deal with patients and we help them and try to take advantages .
    thank you very much

  5. Ali, the quality!! Literally changing lives and documenting it in a beautiful way. Amazing work, hope you're very proud! 👏🏼

  6. Hi Ali, I'm a 4th years medical student and I'm just wondering what levels the doctors were? Because I want to go into humanitarian medicine but I know a lot of missions don't accept F1s or F2s

  7. This is so beautiful. Honestly, I wasn't as hyped about this video as I am about your other videos, but 10 seconds in and my perspective towards it flipped thoroughly. I almost teared watching this video. Thank you so much Ali! Can't wait for more information on this trip soon. *hearts

  8. This is the reason why I want to be a doctor. 💛 Thank you for sharing your experience and reminding my 'why'.

  9. Can we take a minute to appreciate the amount of effort that went into making this video!👏👏👏

  10. thank you for that I am a Sudanese neurosurgeon who is planning to move to the UK, I hope to see you there one day.

  11. This stuff is great Ali! Love the work you're doing 🙂 I want to do a medical trip like this and film it. Any advice on how to go about this whole process?

  12. i’m glad u brought this out no considering we have an ongoing revolution against the regime in sudan (perpetrated mass genocides )

  13. You carry such inspirational energy man. I rarely ever comment on videos but honestly both your quality and quantity have been consistently amazing. What made me comment is what you transfer to the people watching. Both what you say (about self improvement, productivity, balance, etc) and how you say it (light heartedly, genuinely, with purpose) it makes one feel as though your their friend. Even though their thousands of miles away. You do things with intention. Your energy is subtle but amazing, I feel it after every video. Keep at it 🙂

  14. Hi! I am deaf, can you please add english subtitles to all your videos. Accurate subtitles, not automatic one. please? I found you when I was looking for student review on iPad Pro but it is hard because almost every youtubers don't put subtitles on their videos. You can search on Youtube for "Tyler Oakley Hear me out" and he will explain how to put subtitles on videos. Thank you.

  15. Hi Ali
    I really like your channel — absolutely brilliant videos! As important as the work you and your colleagues conducted in Sudan is, I was hoping that you would touch on some of the more controversial aspects of mission trips, especially when it involves people from the global north travelling to the global south. Some of the issues include:
    – Providing care for people in remote areas for a short span of time, without developing infrastructure to sustain those efforts (especially crucial for NCDs)
    – Your position as a British doctor: what can you really teach Sudanese students that they cannot learn from their teachers or from online courses? And could the resources spent on your trip be used more cost-effective if you would have not gone?
    – Will you develop long term relations with the students and doctors in Sudan, or is this a one-time-deal?
    Again, this is important work, but I encourage everyone to ask these critical questions; it is crucial to be reflexive about work in global health. I would love to hear your thoughts! If you are interested in this type of stuff, I suggest looking at some of John G. Meara's work (and of course Paul Farmer) 🙂

  16. I'm a medical student from LIBYA, if you are interested in visiting us someday, contact me, maybe we can do some nice charity work and visiting Sahara desert the biggest desert in the world, my e-mai : [email protected]

  17. Hey Ali, I just wanted to say thank you! I downloaded Anki and used your studying methods. I find myself studying less than usual and doing a lot better than before! I've been getting perfects on most of my exams! Cheers!

  18. I'm from Sudan and I'm really happy that you helped all of these people and I thank you and your friends on behalf of my Sudanese brothers.THANK YOU

  19. Please make another video explaining some more how this trip happened. I'm sure many medical tudents would like to at some point do this as well

  20. Wow man that was so exciting!! That's what medicine is all about.
    I hope someday you'll come to Syria!! Maybe we'll do this same project here and show you the beautiful nature, landscapes and the rich history of this country.
    You are greatly welcome here ❤.
    Keep up the good work doctor Ali 👍.

  21. Wow this is just awesome! I’m in my first year in pharmacy school and this is something I would love to do ❤️

  22. Wow slow down, Ali! 5 amazing days deserve 30 minutes at least :-/ the footages are apparently a lot of effort!

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  24. if you dont mind please can you answer some questions that I have please and thank you:

    1) When did you start revising for your GCSEs?
    2)How long did you revise a day for you're GCSEs ?
    3)how did you revise for you're english literature GCSE ?
    4) how did you make up questions for active recall?
    5)What did you do to motivate yourself and prevent you from going into a meltdown and start crying because you were scared of failing?

  25. Best Medical Video I have ever seen on Youtube👍You made my day.Thats all wo should we strive for to change world in a better place by doing our bit…Congratulations☺You inspired me.

  26. Doctors are lucky. I have a uni degree but noone hires me because I have no experience.(You have to hire me to get one btw). And I am working as a waiter being so pissed with myself not to have selected a field that would give me a proper job. Good luck to everyone.

  27. Im from another country so can you please explain me "junior doctor". Curios cuz Im being a medical student, too. Btw really really good content. That inspired me alot.

  28. Im a med student from sudan.. Medical missions like the one on the video is an essential part of med school culture and serves to train students and benifit under served communities.. if u are a med student from anywhere in the world and want to participate i dont think that would be hard at all.. just make contact with any med school students association and simply ask.. i stress on the point of dont contact the school faculty because the students association can get u in with no complications or lots of paperwork

  29. Hi Ali, I am interested to know how many years post-graduation you were when you went on this mission! Cheers!

  30. I noticed the microscopes you brought are quite large and bulky, so I wonder if they were designed diffrently to take up less space you would have been able to bring more equipment with you? It might not really make a real diffrence, but when traveling like that the size adds up I guess. I hope to one day work with medical engineering, because I want to help people but I could never be a doctor or a nurse 🙂

  31. 0:17 Alaska Airlines doesn't fly to Khartoum! I took Ethiopian Airlines from Addis Ababa (where I got my visa)

  32. Great work, man! Also, what type of drone do you have? Can you please share the link, or perhaps do a review of it someday?

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