The following are notes from the MEPI and SAMSS faculties from around the world:
- Professor Diaa has been such a good partner and friend. His soft demeanor and disarming smile often hid a deep understanding of human nature that obviously made him a very gifted psychiatrist. I so enjoyed spending time with him and hearing of his family and work at Gezira. His pride was never haughty but rather revealed a man who appreciated his own good fortune. We grieve for his wife and daughters. Please pass along to them our profound condolences and gratitude for the time we did have with him through our shared work. ~Joseph Kolars, USA
- We are saddened by this unexpected and unwelcome news. Among us, Diaa was always the Educator-in-Chief devoted, as he always was, to the art and science of medical education. He was a leader in SAMSS and now in MEPI. He will be missed by our community. ~Fitzhugh Mullan, USA
- We are saddened and shocked by the sudden unexpected death of Professor Diaa. He is really missed by colleagues, students, patients and everybody in Sudan. I am sure he is also missed by our MEPI friends. May the soul of Allah been upon him. ~Professor Ali Babiker Ali Habour, Sudan
- Professor Diaa was a special colleague, one who spoke little, but when he did, it was always worthwhile. A dedicated educator, health leader in Africa and in Sudan, he will be sadly missed by all. Condolences to all of you who were privileged to work with him. ~Marian Jacobs, South Africa
- This is shocking news. For those of us who worked very closely with Professor Diaa as part of SAMSS and recently MEPI, it is like losing a close family member. We will miss him greatly. May God give grace and comfort to his amazing wife and children. They will be in my prayer. ~Seble Frehywot, USA
- I was very close to Dia, and I worked closely with him in SAMS and specifically in MEPI. Please pass along to his family my profound condolences and gratitude. May GOD give grace and comfort to his family. ~Abdel Karim Koumare, Mali
- Professor Diaa was a very gentle person who was good to work with. Indeed very sad news. ~Delanyo Dovlo, Rwanda
- We are saddened to know that Diaa passed away. We are losing a very dedicated medical educator. Please transmit our condolences to his dear family. ~Charles Boelen, France
- On behalf of all of us at ACHEST please convey our most heartfelt condolences to his immediate family. ~Francis Omaswa, Uganda
- This is indeed a great shock. My sincere condolences to his family, friends and colleagues. ~James Hakim, Zimbabwe
- I am also deeply shocked with this sad news. My sincere condolence to his family. ~Emilia Virginia Noormahomed, Mozambique
- I was greatly saddened to learn of Diaa’s passing. He was a wonderful colleague. He and I did two of the KCMC site visits together and his seemingly quiet demeanor was a cover-up for his rapid assessment of situations. When he asked a question, he had frequently uncovered an issue that many of us had missed. In addition, his “after comments” showed a deep understanding of the issues. In addition to working together, Diaa enjoyed his time with all of us. I will forever be able to conjure up an image of him by the pool on our last day in Moshi in 2011. We had worked hard and enjoyed the visit very much, and the first draft of our report was written. He was ready to relax and take a half day off and he was very happy to be there with his MEPI friends.~ Henry Sondheimer, USA
Biography: Professor Diaa Eldin Elgaili Abubakr
Professor Diaa Eldin Elgaili Abubakrwas a member of the MEPI African Coordinating Center Faculty. He was the Director of the Education Development and Research Centre (WHO Collaborating Centre), Faculty of Medicine, University of Gezira, Sudan. Professor ElGaili was a professor of psychiatry; head of University of Gezira’s Department of Mental Health and a member of the Scientific Committee of Psychiatry in the Arab Board of Medical Specializations. He was selected as a WHO advisor in 2008 and was a leader in health professions education. Professor ElGaili’s research work focused on mental health problems and health professions education and served as the vice president of the Scientific Committee of the University of Gezira.
The Education Development and Research Centre, of which Prof. ElGaili was director, works in curriculum development and review, program evaluation, staff development, and continuous professional development within the health profession. This was in addition to the work of the center addressing community problems. It is part of the University of Gezira Initiatives for safe motherhood and childhood and for the prevention of blindness in the Gezira state, in the center of Sudan.