Monthly Archives: August 2017

A Tribute to Two Pharmacists Who Made Medical History in Sudan

Henry S Wellcome

This is a tribute to two pharmacists whose contribution to medical science in Sudan has been remarkable. They deserve to be recognized and their work appreciated. The two pharmacists are the naturalized British American industrialist, chemist, bacteriologist, medical philanthropist and pharmaceutical tycoon, Henry Solomon Wellcome (1853-1936), and the Irish pharmacist Professor Patrick FD D’Arcy.

Professor Suliman S. Fedail

Prof. Suliman S. Fedail

Professor Suliman S. Fedail graduated from the Faculty of Medicine University of Khartoum in 1971 after a distinguished undergraduate carrier. He joined the Faculty of Medicine University of Khartoum in 1972 as a Teaching Assistant. He was sent to Bristol University in UK in 1974 for postgraduate studies. He obtained the membership of the Royal College of Physicians in 1975 and the degree of Doctor in Medicine MD from the University of Bristol in 1979 on the Exocrine Pancreas.

Khalida Zahir

The Guardian, 23 June 2015

Khalida Zahir (1927 – 2015) (sometimes written in English as Khalda Zahir) was a Sudanese physician and women’s rights activist. She was born in Omdurman. She graduated from the Kitchener School of Medicine (at what is now the University of Khartoum) in 1952, along with Z Serkisiani, and together they were the first female doctors of medicine in Sudan. She founded the Young Women’s Cultural Society with Fatima Talib in 1948. The first Sudanese women’s organization, it provided education for women on health, reading and writing. She was also among the founders of the Sudanese Women’s Union in 1952, an organization which campaigned for suffrage and labour rights. Zahir went on to become head of paediatrics at the Sudanese ministry of health. She retired in 1986.