Meet the 2019-2020 UK Scholars: Sule
For the 2019 to 2020 academic year, Windle Trust International is supporting 11 young intellectuals from Uganda, Kenya and South Sudan as part of the UK Postgraduate Programme. Over the next few weeks, we’ll be sharing some of their stories.
Sule knew what he wanted to do with his life when he was 6 years old. Overcoming the obstacles of war, health, and poverty, he's spent the rest of his life making sure that he gets there.
From: South Sudan, resident in Uganda
Currently Studying At: Bangor University
Currently Studying: MSc Public Health and Health Promotion
Supported by: Commonwealth Scholarship Commision: Commonwealth Master’s Scholarships
Sule was raised in a Ugandan refugee camp after his parents fled from the civil war in Sudan. Suffering from repeated illness throughout his childhood and living in a camp that lacked proper medical services and facilities, Sule was unable to walk until the age of three and remembers a childhood where he was too sick to play with his peers: it was this that inspired his decision to pursue medicine, dreaming of becoming a doctor from the age of six.
Thanks to a number of scholarships and financial assistance packages, Sule was able to move through primary and secondary education where he emerged as the best in his class. This allowed him to follow his dream and enroll at Gulu University to study for a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery. Upon graduation in 2016 Sule began working for the Healing Kadi Foundation in through an outpatient clinic and outreach programme at the Palorinya Refugee Settlement, Moyo, Uganda.
When asked what his plans were following the completion of his Master’s programme, Sule was clear in his plans to contribute:
“I want to continue my efforts to serve refugees and vulnerable host populations in Uganda through provision of preventive and curative health services, supplementing government efforts in the implementation of quality health care services and building the capacities of refugees and their host populations in delivering and sustaining curative and preventive health care services. I want to ensure that universal health coverage becomes a reality regardless of gender, race, social and economic status.”