Dr Mahgoub Osman Karrar

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A lifelong advocate of Sudan, a physician, an inspiring colleague, a historian, a vivid reader and a humble person


Dr Mahgoub graduated from the Faculty of Medicine, University of Khartoum in 1972 and held house appointments in Khartoum before becoming a registrar in medicine.

In October 1976, Mahgoub was selected to to head the medical team to investigate and manage the hemorrhagic fever epidemic in Maridi, Equatoria Region in the southern region of Sudan (currently, South Sudan). This was a testimonial of his early clinical competency, organizational skills and attention to details that he has always kept and became his second nature.


Dr Mahgoub published a detailed report on “Maridi Virus Disease” which is truly a historical account of the work that he and his colleagues had undertaken in 1976 and sadly it was reported later in the international medical press as Ebola.

In early 1980s, Mahgoub then moved to the United Kingdom, trained in medicine and obtained membership of the Royal College of Physicians of London.


In the UK, Mahgoub co-founded Sudan Doctors Union, UK & Ireland branch and was pivotal in its success. His organizational skills were evident in the meticulous documentation of its early days, a Union that continues to lead Sudan medicine in the UK to the present time.


Dr Mahgoub worked in various parts of the UK and following a myocardial infarction he retired from medicine. Following his early retirement, Mahgoub concentrated on his lifelong love and advocacy to Sudanese People welfare. He was the Founding president of Sudan Alliance Forces chapter in the United Kingdom.

Dr Mahgoub had an archive of many hundreds of documents and books on Sudan.

His lifelong humble personality made him stand out among his peers.

He died in Khartoum in September 2008 from metastatic lung carcinoma.

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