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Opportunity amidst challenge: Community-led, youth-powered COVID-19 research in Sudan

The Women Leaders in Health & Conflict (WLHC) initiative partners with Kings College London, to create a group of aspiring and established women working as researchers and practitioners within fragile and conflict-affected areas to challenge the status quo and enhance opportunities for women’s leadership.

© Sudan Y-Peer, 2020
© Sudan Y-Peer, 2020

The WLHC initiative highlights and foregrounds the leadership women undertake in areas of armed conflict and humanitarian emergencies. We are delighted to be hosting our webinar focusing on COVID in Sudan.  

Sudan is facing COVID-19 at a time of great political and economic instability. Throughout the epidemic volunteer organisations have served as the first, and often only, responders providing direct support and raising awareness for behaviour change within their communities. 

Young Sudanese men and women, part of the 10,000 strong Sudan Youth-Peer network, quickly mobilised across the country to conduct action research and implement evidence-based programmes to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 in their communities. This effort is led by a dynamic group of young Sundanese activists at the heart of the Sudan Y-PEER volunteer movement. They, along with their colleagues in the Sudan COVID-19 Research group (a collaboration of the Sudan Y-Peer network, University of Khartoum, LSHTM and with support from UK Aid) aim to galvanise a cadre of young Sudanese disease detectives to investigate epidemics in real-time and respond building on their communities’ strengths and resources.  Along the way, they also aim to document and share their experiences, not only of challenges but of opportunities amid the most difficult circumstances.   


Dr Maysoon Dahab

Maysoon is an assistant professor of infectious disease epidemiology at the LSHTM. She has 19 years of experience leading the development and implementation of operational health research in low-income countries and especially in crises-affected populations. She is focusing on supporting community-led COVID-19 research and advocacy in Sudan since the start of the epidemic in the country. 

Rahaf Abu Koura

Rahaf is a research fellow with the Infectious Disease Epidemiology department at LSHTM. She has over 8 years of professional experience supporting the implementation and development of various health programmes and research focusing on crisis-affected populations and humanitarian settings. At the start of the pandemic, Rahaf coordinated a COVID-19 project in Syria to support the efforts to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 in the country. In her current role, Rahaf and her colleagues are supporting community-led COVID-19 research and advocacy in Sudan.

Israa Zain Alabdeen

Israa is the National Coordinator for Y-peer Sudan and a member of the Sudan COVID-19 Research Group. She has a BA Hons in sociology and social anthropology, and she is working towards an MSc in Development Planning at the University of Khartoum. 

Omamah Abbas

Omamah graduated from the Faculty of Public Health at the University of Khartoum and specialized in the field of epidemiology. She has been a member of Y-PEER Sudan since 2018, and she is currently Sudan Y-PEER Khartoum State coordinator for the ongoing COVID-19 research and advocacy project.

Abd Elhameed Ahmed Abd Elhameed

Abd Elhameed is an MSc Student at the University of Kordofan Faculty of Science, a former teaching and research assistant at the University of Kordofan. Abd Elhameed is the founder of the Debates Club at Kordofan University. He joined Y-PEER Sudan as a member in 2016 and started as a trainer in 2018. He is a trainer at Sudan Debates Centre and the National Coordinator for the COVID-19 research and advocacy project in Sudan.


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