Ibn Sina University


Professor Ahmed El Safi


  • My first passion is for the profession of Anaesthesia, the second for the health institution I work in, the third is for empowering healthcare providers to be culturally competent.
  • In the field of Anaesthesia and related disciplines, I attained a solid corpus of didactic and practical knowledge. I graduated in 1971 from the Faculty of Medicine, Khartoum, and worked and trained in the prestigious Royal Infirmary, Edinburgh, UK (1973-77). I achieved academic distinction by attaining the DA (RCP RCS) in 1976 and the Fellowship of the Faculty of Anaesthetists of the Royal College of Surgeons (FFARCS) of England in 1977, and the Fellowship of the Royal College of Anaesthesia (FRCA), England. In 1982, I had orthodox training in traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture as applied to Anaesthesia, analgesia and therapy in Nanjing (China).
  • I had strong foundation and experience in almost all the subspecialties of Anaesthesia and intensive care. In almost half a century of medical career, in addition to hands-on clinical practice, I managed departments of Anaesthesia, research institutions and hospitals. I have been consultant Anaesthetist and Intensivist in different hospitals around the world including the 1200-bed Khartoum Teaching Hospital in Sudan.
  • In the period 1978-88, I carried out important studies for Sudan Medical Council, Sudan Medical Association, and Ministry of Health.
    • In 1982, Sudan Medical Council solicited the study (Postgraduate Medical Qualifications: Recognition and Equivalence), which became the foundation for the Specialist Register Ordinance.
    • In 1984, Sudan Medical Association and Ministry of Health solicited a study on (Teaching Hospital Organization and Management in Sudan), which he carried out with the help of the Institute of Administrative Sciences. The report provided the foundation of the Teaching Hospitals Organization and Management Ordinance, September 1985, and the High Council for Teaching Hospitals Ordinance in 1986.
  • In the years 1989-2004, I occupied key roles in the medical services in Arabian Oil Company and ARAMCO Khafji Joint Operations (KJO) in Saudi Arabia. During this period, I contributed significantly to the promotion of health care management in the northeastern region of Saudi Arabia. In 1999, I have been the key person for ARAMCO Due Diligence Mission, and the year after Chairperson, KJO Healthcare Quality Improvement Programme.
  • Throughout my active medical life so far, I have been interested in the study of the sociology and anthropology of health and disease, and history of health culture. I dedicated the last four decades for studies in this field, and wrote extensively on health issues in both Arabic and English.
  • I have an extensive record of accomplishment of activities in working with and in groups. I founded or co-founded several organizations – governmental and non-governmental, and held executive offices in many, and memberships in many more.
  • In 1980, I founded the Traditional Medicine Research Institute, Medical Research Council (National Council for Research), which was designated a World Health Organization Collaborating Centre in Traditional Medicine in 1984.
  • I was a member of the WHO Expert Advisory Panel for traditional medicine in the Eastern Mediterranean Region (EMRO) for over ten years starting in 1982.
  • In 2005, I founded Sudan Medical Heritage Foundation as a not-for-profit, non-governmental organization registered with the Registrar General of the Cultural and Scientific Groups of the Ministry of Culture dedicated to health systems research, development, & conservation of Sudanese health care heritage and resources.
  • To help health care researchers online, I designed and launched a portal at http://www.sudan-health.com/smhf. My blog http://www.sudan-health.blogspot.com contains my recent activities. Find more information at https://www.facebook/Ahmed.a.safi3
  • My Arabic book (A Manual on Rules and Procedure of Deliberative Assemblies) (المرشد إلى قواعد وإجراءات الهيئات التداولية)) (first edition 1999: 630 pages, second edition 2006: 580 pages) puts me in the forefront of Sudanese and Arab writers who have taken the field of parliamentary procedure seriously. Critics have noted that this book is the only one of its kind in Arabic. The book is downloadable free in http://www.sudan-health.com/rules.
  • My book Traditional Sudanese Medicine: a primer for health care providers, researchers and students (2006) is a wide-ranging 740-page account of traditional Sudanese medicine targeting health care providers, students of medicine, pharmacy, veterinary, agriculture, medical sociology, medical anthropology, and folklore. The book contains a 2500-reference General Bibliography of traditional medicine and history of medicine resources, and a 600-item Sudanese Materia Medica containing a unique collection of recipes of medicinal, aromatic, and poisonous plants, minerals and organic material
  • Currently, I’m launching with the help of teams of fieldworkers, co-authors, editors and researchers an on-going research and documentation project called Sudan Health Trilogy including:
    • 1 The Biographical Dictionary of Health Care Professionals in Sudan: intended to document the lives and work of the men and women who have served in health care institutions or contributed to health and medicine in service and research in Sudan in the 20th
    • 2 Pioneers of Sudanese Medicine series (سلسلة رواد الطب في السودان): intended to document the lives and work of the men and women who have shaped health care services in Sudan.
    • 3 A Bibliography of Biomedical Literature in Sudan (ببليوغرافيا الطب في السودان): A compilation of medical literature on Sudan by Sudanese scholars and expatriate staff produced during the 20th
  • I am established a non-profit, multi-disciplinary scientific training centre called Maharat with the aim of training both healthcare professionals (and the lay public) in the most effective methods of resuscitation and high-level medical skills appropriate to their needs.
  • I assembled a group of medical professionals, ex-medical editors, postgraduate supervisors, and authors and launched a service called Sudan Editors (SE). SE specializes in producing and editing corporate communications and academic and postgraduate manuscripts, scientific journals, newsletters, and brochures.
  • In Sudan’s health field, I have effective presence in almost all governmental and non-governmental organizations and institutions including the Federal Ministry of Health, Sudan Medical Council, Sudan Medical Specialization Board, Sudan Medical Association, and National Centre for Research, and I keep intimate relations with most Sudanese medical schools .Read More

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