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Sudan is facing COVID-19 at a time of great political and economic instability. Throughout the epidemic volunteer organisations have served as the first, and often only, responders providing direct support and raising awareness for behaviour change within their communities.

Young Sudanese men and women, part of the 10,000 strong Sudan Youth-Peer network, quickly mobilised across the country to conduct action research and implement evidence-based programmes to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 in their communities. This effort is led by a dynamic group of young Sundanese activists at the heart of the Sudan Y-PEER volunteer movement. They, along with their colleagues in the Sudan COVID-19 Research group (a collaboration of the Sudan Y-Peer network, University of Khartoum, LSHTM and with support from UK Aid) aim to galvanise a cadre of young Sudanese disease detectives to investigate epidemics in real-time and respond building on their communities’ strengths and resources.  Along the way they also aim to document and share their experiences, not only of challenges but of opportunities amidst the most difficult circumstances.

Israa Zain Alabdeen
Omamah Abbas
Ahmed Abd Elhameed
Rahaf Abu Koura
Dr Maysoon Dahab

Join us next week via the link to hear more about the work the YPeer network is doing in their community.