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Endoscopy training in upper GI bleeding for UK trainees in Khartoum, Sudan: South Yorkshire experience
  1. Ammar Al-Rifaie1,
  2. Thazin Min1,
  3. Dalia Allam2,
  4. Karen Smith3,
  5. David Paul Hurlstone4,
  6. Abdelmounem Abdo2,
  7. Elmuhtady Said3,
  8. Mark Donnelly1
  1. 1 Gastroenterology, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Sheffield, UK
  2. 2 National Centre for Gastrointestinal and Liver Diseases, Khartoum, Sudan
  3. 3 Gastroenterology, Barnsley District General Hospital, Barnsley, UK
  4. 4 Gastroenterology, Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Doncaster, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Ammar Al-Rifaie, Gastroenterology, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Sheffield S10 2JF, UK;{at}

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The South Yorkshire Endoscopy Group was established in 2012 by a group of both Sudanese-trained and UK-based gastroenterologists. Our group has established links over 7 years with the Sudanese Society of Gastroenterology (SSG) and has provided training for consultant trainers, trainee endoscopists and endoscopy nurses, as well as supporting the annual SSG conference in Sudan.

Our host hospital, Ibn Sina (IS), is the national centre for upper gastrointestinal (GI) bleeding. IS also hosts the World Gastroenterology Organisation (WGO) Khartoum Training Center. This centre manages up to 60 cases of bleeding oesophageal varices/week.1 This is accounted for by the endemic nature of schistosomiasis and a high prevalence of viral hepatitis.2 3

In 2018, two UK gastroenterology registrars were invited to travel to Khartoum, after a competitive selection process, to gain experience …

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  • Contributors AA, TM, KS, ES, DPH, AMA and MD discussed and planned the training experience. AA and TM collected the data. AA, TM, DA and MD drafted the article. All authors approved the final article.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent for publication Not required.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.