العدد الثانيمجلة التميز للعلوم الطبية

Medico legal aspects of female suicide deaths in Sudan: Autopsy – based retrospective study

Abdullah M Diab*, Alaa M Shehab**

* Assistant Professor of forensic medicine and clinical toxicology. El-Sheikh Abdullah Elbedri University.

**Assistant Professor of forensic medicine and clinical toxicology. Cairo University. 

Abstract

Background: Female suicide is a critical issue not only for women but also for regional and global community well-being.

Methods: Autopsy reports from Khartoum morgues, Ministry of health – Sudan, over a period of four years (2011 – 2015) were reviewed retrospectively to demonstrate female suicidal cases.

Results: Sixty-five female suicide cases were detected with ages ranging from 10 years up to over 50 years. The largest percentage of suicides were among the youth, and the highest is in the age group (20-<30) (33 cases, 50.8%). The most common method of suicide was poisoning (37cases, 57%), then hanging (16 cases, 24.6%). The study also demonstrates that the majority of cases were single (78.5%).

Conclusions: This study focused on the methods, age group, and marital status of the victims, which may help in directing the prevention tools and facilities toward effective management to this problem, and we recommended the development of strategies that aim to improve the quality of female’s life especially youth group.

Keywords: Medicolegal, Females, Suicide, Poisoning, Autopsy, Sudan.

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