STEP Profile

About Sudan Tropical Exchange Program

STEP is a project for international medical students to get acquainted with the pathological and clinical features of the Tropical Diseases as well as discussing the management plans including investigations. It is held annually in the Faculty of Medicine, University of Khartoum and supervised by Professors, Doctors and Tutors specialized in each field.

The program reviews tropical diseases including Malaria, Tuberculosis, Leishmaniasis, Schistosomiasis, Typhoid fever, Tropical gastroenterology, Rheumatic fever and Mycetoma.

This is achieved through various methods such as:

- Lectures

- Laboratory work

- Clinical live cases

- Hospital rounds

- Surgical operations

The program incorporated Neglected Tropical Diseases compiled by the WHO in Sudan, with the aim of raising awareness and providing information and experiences essential to our participants.

Moreover, STEP aims to provide community aids which are accomplished through the Medical Mission.

The Medical Mission aims to raise awareness through health education in addition to providing free diagnosis, investigations and treatment in the rural areas of Sudan; all while exploring the African culture and the Sudanese heritage through a very rich social programme.


  • STEP was first held in July 2009, organised by MedSIN-Sudan members in the Faculty of Medicine, University of Khartoum, and thereafter took place on an annual basis.
  • The Project was awarded first place in the Red Crossly Award in August 2010 at the IFMSA General Assembly in Canada.
  • STEP won third place in the activities fair in March 2015 at the IFMSA General Assembly in Turkey.

STEP is now organised in a partnership between Med-SIN Sudan, IFMSA-Netherlands and SISM-Italy




A project targeted to fight tropical diseases by raising the awareness of future physicians and their communities to the tropical  aspect of medicine together with community based activities


In the near future we are planning on having STEP more than once per year and increasing the number of students attending even more with a higher quality program.


Julia Lyons

All in all STEP was an amazing experience and I would recommend it to any fellow medical student. Not only do you learn about tropical diseases, you also get to experience the wonderful Sudanese culture which is one of the most hospitable I’ve ever seen!

Larissa de Groot

For me, STEP was a wonderful experience and I learned a lot from it. And…. There’s not a lot of people that can say they’ve been to Sudan

Michelle de Graaff

The moment I saw the email of the step-project, I was really enthusiastic. They promised an unforgettable experience and they lived up to that! There were so many experiences, so many nice people, a so many new things that I learned that I would advise everybody to participate in the STEP project


STEP Advisory Board


STEP Organising Committee


STEP Partners




The International Federation of Medical Students' Associations

An independent, non-governmental and non-political federation of medical students' associations throughout the world. IFMSA represents National Member Organizations from more than 90 countries on six continents, representing more than 1.2 million medical students worldwide. The IFMSA was founded in May 1951 and is run for and by medical students on a non-profit basis. It is officially recognized as a Non Governmental Organization (NGO) within the United Nations' and recognized by the World Health Organization as the International Forum for medical students. It exists to serve medical students all over the world.




The Medical Students' International Network-Sudan

The official body that gathers the Sudanese medical students, organizes their activities and represents them nationally and internationally. MedSIN-Sudan is recognized as the National Member Organization (NMO) for Sudanese medical students, in the International Federation of Medical Students' Association (IFMSA), and it is a registered non-governmental organization (NGO) in the Humanitarian Aids Commission (HAC). In 1967 SMSA (Sudanese Medical Students’ Association) became full members of the IFMSA. The name of SMSA was changed in 2003 to MedSIN-Sudan (Medical Students International Network-Sudan). MedSIN-Sudan is a group of motivated medical students active in curriculum issues, community projects, advocacy, lobbying, policy making, publications, international exchanges, campaigns and conferences. Through this they educate themselves and others about global health issues. MedSIN-Sudan’s students are the healthcare leaders of tomorrow, a new generation of doctors who are informed and equipped with the skills to work in the ever-changing world.




The International Federation of Medical Students' Associations Netherlands

The IFMSA was founded in May 1951 as a Dutch charity organization, at that moment known as the ‘Dutch Medical Students’ Association’ (DMSA). Since that time the DMSA has been the subject of many transformations. In 1980 the association was officially established and registered under the name Netherlands Medical Students International Committee (NeMSIC). Around 1990 this name was changed to IFMSA-NL, the name under which the organization is currently operating. Around this time IFMSA-NL also joined the European Medical Students’ Association (EMSA). This association was set up in 1991 with the objective to bring European medical students closer together through the organization of international meetings, congresses, exchange projects and discussions regarding topics relevant to european and international health care. IFMSA-NL aims to raise awareness among Dutch students regarding topics relevant to both Dutch and International health care. Its main objective is to unite medical students and educate them to become culturally and socially skilled doctors aware of international health issues and motivated to positively influence both local and global health.




The Segretariato Italiano Studenti in Medicina

Founded officially in 1970 and is member of IFMSA (International Federation of Medical Students’ Association).Currently there are around 5000 members in SISM with Local Committees in 37 Italian Universities, where it has been present since 1944. This makes SISM one of the biggest and oldest University Students Association in Italy. It is an association run by medical students, for medical students, on a non-profit basis. Our main goal is to offer to future physicians an introduction to global health. The core of our activities are Professional and Research Exchange, essential to develop culturally sensitive medical students that reflect on health inequalities and different health systems worldwide. Through our programs and opportunities students have the chance to expand their knowledge of Public Health, Human Rights and Peace, Medical Education, Reproductive diseases and related topics, encouraging the formation of professional and social networks abroad. The world beyond the walls of our university is the stage where we will take our first hesitating steps as doctors. Our main goal is to improve our medical curricula focusing also on topics that are not always included in the academic ones in order to become better future doctors, both from the human and professional point of view.