The SDU-UK announces an essay competition for UK-based doctors.

Essay topic:

Reflect on the Sudan war, how it impacted you as a doctor, the lessons you have learned, and your action plan.

  • Applicants should be current UK doctors in a non-consultant role.
  • The essay should be original text, not previously published or being considered for publication.
  • Word count: 1000-1500 limit.
  • The SDU-UK will award the winner £250, an opportunity to present at our next general meeting, a one-year union membership, and the opportunity to publish the essay in Alhikma magazine.



December 2018 marked the uprising of the peaceful Sudan revolution that stood in the face of oppression and raised slogans of Freedom, Peace and Justice in the face of fierce oppression and excessive violence. Sadly, many lives were lost; one of the martyrs was Dr Babikir Abdelhamid, who was murdered while he was performing his duty on the 17th of January 2019. A date that became a symbol of inspiration to his colleagues and fellow citizens who believed in the cause.

Last year in April, a devastating war erupted in Sudan, stole many innocent lives and spread destruction on a mass scale. Following these events, the SDU-UK re-launches Dr Babikir’s prize to commemorate those who will continue to live in our memory for the coming decades. Many doctors’ lives have been permanently affected; this competition seeks to create a space for contemplation, learning and sharing thoughts about the war.

The competition aims to empower junior doctors and allow them to demonstrate their skills. The applicants should be in a non-consultant role at the time of submission. The essay word count is 1000-1500, excluding images, tables and references. The manuscript must be the original writer’s work that has not been published or submitted for publication. The deadline for submission is the 17th of May 2024 at 23:59.

Once the SDU-UK chooses the winner, the union will invite the winner to attend the next general meeting (date to be confirmed), present the topic, and receive the prize. The award also includes a one-year SDU-UK membership and the publishing of the winning essay in Alhikma magazine. The 2nd and 3rd top essays will also be considered for publication.

Please send the completed essay as a Microsoft Word document with your name and designation to academic@sdu.org.uk


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