Church-organised health conference in Sudan made possible by people from our diocese

An interfaith health conference has been held in Sudan, thanks to support from people across the Diocese of Leeds.

The Rt Revd Ismail Gabriel Abudigin, Diocesan Bishop of El Obeid, has recently organised a health conference in his area, helping make people more aware of the dangers of both COVID-19 and HIV.

The conference was made possible by funds raised by the Diocese of Leeds’ Sudan appeal, which raised some £70,000 last year for our five partner dioceses in the country.

To the delight of those organising the conference, the teaching was delivered by Muslim officials from the Sudanese Ministry of Health, marking a step in interfaith relations in the region.

When the success of this recent conference has been evaluated it is possible another will be held, with opportunities for participation for Muslim delegates.

The Revd Dale Barton, Secretary to the Sudan Link Working Group, said: "The Sudan Link Group were very pleased to fund this health conference in the Diocese of El Obeid in Darfur, with gifts from the Diocese of Leeds.  

“It addressed ignorance of Covid, but also made a connection with the Government, and helped Muslims and Christians work together for the common good."

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