Sara Ibrahim Abdelgalil

Doctor, democracy activist for Sudan

Region(s): Africa, Europe, Global
Country of focus: Sudan, United Kingdom
Based in UK


Current Occupation: Doctor, democracy activist for Sudan
Organization/Institution: Sudan Governance Programming Overseas
Language: English, Arabic


Digital activism: transforming social movements and humanitarianism Devex Dec 13, 2023

Medical Diaspora Engagement during Conflicts International Journal of Science and Research Sep 2023

Sudan’s Failed Democracy Is a Disaster for Women Foreign Policy Aug 4, 2023

Sudanese activist: ‘We told them this will not work, but they did not listen to the people’ Geneva Solutions Jun 28, 2023

Guerre au Soudan : entre inquiétudes et espoir, quelles perspectives pour les civils? TV5 Monde Jun 6, 2023

‘We Don’t Want This War’: Trapped in Khartoum as Combat Rages New York Times May 10, 2023

‘I feel betrayed’: How Sudan’s pro-democracy movement lost its hope and found new unity Irish Times May 6, 2023

Sudanese abroad try to extend a lifeline and aid back home AP Apr 26, 2023

Sudan: How are civilians impacted by the ongoing conflict? Al Jazeera Inside Story Apr 26, 2023

Sudan violence escalates as rival factions reject ceasefire calls The Guardian Apr 17, 2023

Sudan’s Bashir is in prison, but his officials are sweeping back into power Middle East Eye Apr 11, 2022

Sudan Braces for ‘the Worst’ after Prime Minister Resigns New York Times Jan 3, 2022

Large-scale protests erupt in Sudan after Prime Minister’s resignation Channel 4 News Jan 4, 2022

I’ve lived in the UK for 20 years, waiting for the day I can go home Metro Jun 22, 2021

Sudan strives to break 30 years of isolation DW Feb 21, 2020

Sudan’s revolution, a year later: Much achieved but risks remain DW Dec 17, 2019

Sudan Erupts in Celebration After Army and Civilians Agree to Share Power New York Times Aug 17, 2019

The Fall of Omar Hassan al-Bashir, the ‘Spider’ at the Heart of Sudan’s Web New York Times April 11, 2019

Health outbreaks in Sudan: social injustice that led to political change. Society for the Study of the Sudans video Oct 24, 2019

Sudan Doctors Union UK president Dr Sara Abdelgalil interview on doctors strike in Sudan Al Jazeera video Dec 23, 2018

Sara Ibrahim Abdelgalil (@Sarajalilo) is a U.K.-based doctor and democracy activist in the Sudanese diaspora.

She is a consultant to the Shabaka social enterprise (@shabaka_org),  mapping the Sudanese diaspora for humanitarian assistance initiatives and establishing a Sudan crisis coordination unit.

Sara is an active member of  Sudan’s Doctors for Human Rights (@sudan_doctors) , working in advocacy and focusing in particular on child protection during the dire situation in Sudan.

Before the war between the military and paramilitary generals broke out in mid April, 2023, Sara was helping mobilize support for the peaceful resistance to the Oct 25, 2021 military coup in Sudan and for a halt to deadly state violence against peaceful protesters.

She co-founded Governance Programming Overseas (@GovernancePO) , an NGO based in Sudan to raise awareness among young people about governance to protect democracy, human rights, the rule of law and other aspects of civic society.

She is a former spokesperson for the Sudanese Professionals Association of trade unions, a pro-democracy coalition, and a former president of the Sudan Doctors Union in the UK.

Sara is an African diaspora pediatric consultant, associate professor in pediatrics at St George’s University, Granada, and emergency humanitarian assistance expert with a focus on leading diaspora and governance program  design and management. Sara is recognized as a diaspora engagement expert by the European Union Diaspora Forum..

She has more than 18 years of experience with the U.K. National Health Service leading advocacy campaigns for children and young people, the health and well-being of refugees in the United Kingdom, street children in Brazil and in Africa proposing “The Jigsaw,” multi-professional modelling for active children, and young people’s rights, in Sudan.

She plans to leverage her extensive experience in pediatrics, refugee care, diaspora engagement and humanitarian assistance to continue making a positive impact on children and vulnerable people who are in dire need of care across the globe.