Professor Ahmed Hassan Fahal,

MBBS, MS, MD, FRCS, FRCSI, FRCS(Gla), FRCP (London).

Professor of Surgery, University of Khartoum, Khartoum, Sudan.

Prof. Fahal trained in medicine at the University of Khartoum, Sudan. He then pursued his post-graduate surgical training in Khartoum and London, leading to a consultant surgeon position at Soba University Hospital, Sudan. He is a general surgeon with special interest and track record in mycetoma and tropical surgery.

 

He has served as the Director of Educational Development Centre for Medical & Health Professionals, University of Khartoum. He was the Founding Director of the Self Evaluation and Quality Enhancement Administration, University of Khartoum, and the University of Khartoum Academic Secretary.

 

He is currently the President of the Scientific Research and Innovation Agency, Ministry of Higher Education & Scientific Research, Sudan and advisor for the Minister of Higher Education and Scientific research, the Republic of Sudan.

 

Prof. Fahal is the founding Director of the Mycetoma Research Centre (MRC), University of Khartoum. The effort of the MRC establishment from scratch is by itself is a major story of success as he recruited his own web of personal contacts to generate funds for the project. Today, the centre is recognised globally as a world leader and an authoritative advisor in Mycetoma management and research, and it is the only WHO Collaborating Centre on Mycetoma.

 

He is a high volume researcher in mycetoma, has published and presented extensively his original research in mycetoma has become a world reference. He published more than 230 peer-reviewed articles and edited a book on mycetoma and many textbooks' chapters, booklets and clinical guidelines in a number of themes in surgery, mycetoma and medical education. He is collaborating with more than 16 international research centres and institutes on different research activities to promote science. He established the Soba Centre for NTDs Clinical trials as the first of its kind in the country. Having always been conscious of monetary constraints and need to advance, he spared no effort to use his personal influence to generate funds for various research and academic establishments worth millions of dollars despite the meagre resources in his work environment

 

The mastery of Prof. Fahal for research and publications has qualified him to act as a referee for seventeen scientific journals, sits on many editorial boards and the Deputy Editor of the PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases Journal. 

 

He is a member of many national, regional, and international academic and scientific associations and societies. He sits on various curricula, research ethics, accreditations and administrative committees at national and regional levels.

 

In medical education, he is actively involved in teaching and organising national and international workshops, training courses and conferences in collaboration with the WHO for medical and health professionals. He has a special interest in E-Learning, medical informatics and teaching and learning innovation. He is a temporal WHO Consultant to develop medical education in the region.

 

Prof. Fahal has a strong commitment to research, training and education. He is actively involved in the teaching and research supervision of undergraduates and post-graduates. He is an external examiner in surgery for many national and regional medical schools and the Royal Colleges of Surgeons.

 

Professor Fahal had taken numerous posts where his fingerprints speak of his successful achievements. His legacy during his tenure as Academic Secretary for the University of Khartoum has been unique.

 

One of his major achievements, he in collaboration with the Ministry of Health in Sudan and other organisations, has managed to include Mycetoma as Neglected Tropical Disease at the WHO/NTD list in 2016;  Resolution no. 69:21. He is currently a Member of the WHO/NTD Diagnostic Technical Advisory Group (DTAG), Skin NTDs subgroup, Geneva.

 

He, with his team at the MRC, currently, are conducting the first-ever double-blind clinical trial study on a new treatment for Mycetoma and also the first study on a Mycetoma field-friendly point-of-care diagnostic test for Mycetoma.

 

He established two Mycetoma centres at mycetoma endemic villages in Sudan, where patients are seen and treated locally at their villages, artificial limb prosthesis, health education and community support activities are conducted by mobile teams from the MRC. All these activities are done free of charge. More than 1000 patients were surgically treated at these villages. 

 

He is currently establishing a unique project aiming to create an enabling environment for the Mycetoma and NTDs amputees and disabled patients by what is so-called the Mycetoma Cultural Heritage Village, where they shall be prepared to lead a new life of being productive, self-reliant and confident. It is a market, business development place, and entertainment area, where amputees and disabled patients will be trained in various Sudan handicraft industry and to become professional entrepreneurs and ready to establish small developing enterprises.  

 

He managed to motivate a group of 40 fine artists, singers, comedians, celebrities and journalists to form a support group for the MRC and the Mycetoma Patients Friends Association, which he had established.

 

Prof. Fahal received several awards and medals, to mention but few, the State of the Sudan Golden Medal for Excellence and the Promotion of Scientific Innovation, the University of Khartoum Award for Long-Standing Excellence in Scientific Research, The Donald Mackay Medal, The Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, London, The Knighthood of Palmes Académiques, The Republic of France, The Knighthood of Merit, The Republic of Italy, The Third World Academy of Science Fellowship, and The University of Khartoum Award for Excellence in Administrative Achievements, Sudan, 2019.

 

He was also awarded the fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians, London for his distinctive achievements in scientific research. In a process to be elected a fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists, London for his basic, experimental and implementation research work which is a rare opportunity for surgeons.