Our History

The Sudan Doctors Union – UK Branch (SDU-UK) was established in the mid-1970s, originally as a representative body for Sudanese doctors who were being sent by the Sudanese government to the UK and Ireland for postgraduate training.

In 1985, the union was re-introduced in its current format and became a member of the Sudan Doctors Union (SDU) following the historic general assembly of November 1985, a few months after the April uprising in Sudan. At that meeting, Dr Elkhatim Elyas (Elaies) was elected as President of the Union.

In 2010, Sudanese doctors in the Republic of Ireland established their independent entity known as the Sudanese Doctors Union of Ireland (SDUI); the SDU-UK amended its constitution in 2017 to reflect this change.

For more than 35 years, our union has represented and brought together generations of Sudanese doctors living in the UK while preserving a great legacy of commitment and dedication to its mission and goals.

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