Infectious Disease ECHO



Infectious Disease ECHO will connect medical professionals in Juba, South Sudan and Port Sudan, Sudan, and Sub-Saharan Africa with global experts in Project ECHO “All teach – All learn” sessions.

Subject Matter Experts will be recruited from across the globe, leveraging SAMA’s global reach. Each session will include a case presentation by a medical professional treating patients with infectious disease.

Target Audience

Community level, health care stakeholders, health care workers: clinical officers, nurses, medical doctors, pharmacists, laboratory scientists, policymakers leadership in infectious disease.

Plan Overview

  • Weekly sessions
  • 3 pm Central African time

In-Person locations

Dr. Bushra Ibnauf Center for Learning, Port Sudan

Dr. Bushra Ibnauf Center for Learning, Juba, South Sudan


Professor Ihab B. Abdalrahman (Tarawa)

Professor Ihab B. Abdalrahman was born in Omdurman, Sudan, graduated from the University of Khartoum in 1994. On graduation, he was awarded the Professor Dauod Mustafa Prize for best student in Internal Medicine. He completed his postgraduate medical training in Sudan and earned his MD (Doctorate in Medicine) from the University of Khartoum in 1999. He then moved to the United States where he completed Internal Medicine residency. In 2008, he co-founded
SAMA with Dr. Bushra Ibnauf to serve those in need. He then returned to Sudan and joined the teaching faculty at the University of Khartoum. From 2013 to 2018, Dr. Ihab “Tarawa” served as the deputy director of Soba University Hospital
where he raised funds to expand the capacity of the Intensive Care Unit from 2 to 8 beds, alongside 5 High dependency care unit beds. In 2019, he was appointed to the position of secretary general of the Sudanese Medical Specialization Board, the body that governs and implements postgraduate medical training in Sudan, where he launched the critical care fellowship program. In 2022, Dr. Ihab was promoted to the rank of Professor of Medicine at the University of Khartoum and to the position of Director General for Soba University Hospital.

Director General for International Health & Coordination

Ministry of Health

Republic of South Sudan

Dr. Lu’aie Kailani

Previous visiting faculty to the University of Rwanda

Dr. Hamad Abdel Hadi

Dr Abdel Hadi graduated from the faculty of medicine university of Khartoum, completed his residency and postgraduate specialist training in teaching hospitals in UK and joined HMC in 2017.
Besides clinical roles at HMC, Dr Abdel Hadi is actively involved in medical education both for the residency and fellowship training programs as well as academic research with several funded local and national projects

Dr. Mas Chaponda

Dr Mas Chaponda is a Senior Consultant in Infectious Diseases at Hamad Medical Corporation, Qatar. He joined HMC in 2020 from the UK where he previously worked as a consultant in Infectious Diseases and Senior Lecturer at the University of Liverpool as well as Research fellow at Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine. Dr Chaponda trained in General Medicine, Infectious Diseases and Clinical Pharmacology at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital. His interests include HIV, blood borne viruses, TB, bacterial infections and clinical trials.

Organizing Team


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