"There's no bias towards class, gender, or religion."

"The foundation's focus is purely on humanitarian conditions, without any bias towards class, gender, or religion."- Dominic Cahillane  

Dominic's sister, Lucy Cahillane, passed away on March 12, 2022. After reading ‘War Doctor’ by David Nott, Lucy became a huge supporter of our mission. She was always sharing with Dominic everything she took from the book and all the passion she had for our work. Dominic tells us that Lucy wasn't just a bookworm—she loved helping people, an attitude she would actively look to instill in her daughter on a daily basis. She was especially drawn to the foundation because she believed it was a genuinely inclusive humanitarian organisation that didn't discriminate based on gender, colour, age, or money. Instead, it focused on helping those most in need, like in Syria.  

Based in Sussex, Dominic has been working as a musician since the mid-1990s and has a passion for travel. Together with his partner, they decided to honour Lucy's legacy by hiking and raising funds for us. 

“The news can be so negative and manipulative; it makes you forget the good in this world and that there are people that just want to help others without seeking reward or notoriety.” 

The Fundraising challenge

“In 2022 I set up a fundraising page, as my partner Radka Nemcova went on a hike along with her friend Katerina Tumova, through the Himalayas to the Everest viewpoint. Their efforts raised around £2500, which wasn't expected! We were so proud of all we raised for the foundation so this year we wanted to push our limits. Me and my partner travelled this time to South America, we went on a 4-day ascending hike to over 15,000 feet up in the Peruvian Andes to raise money and awareness for the Foundation. To keep our friends, family and other supporters engaged we constantly updated them on where we are and basically how difficult the 4-day hike was going!” 

What does it feel like when you finally reach the top?

“Both times when we hit the base financial target and when we reached the top of our hike, we felt a full on emotional outburst, you can imagine what it’s like after hiking for 4 days! There’s an overall feeling of accomplishment but also a feeling of it could have been more, I’m happy with the results but keep thinking let's make the next one bigger and keep pushing. I mean it’s a funny one with the journey being both challenging yet soulfully rewarding” 

What's next for Dominic?

“The foundation deserves much more recognition. It sheds a different light on what's happening in places like Ukraine and Gaza compared to what people see in newspapers. It’s a reminder that people do want to help.”   

Dominic is deeply inspired by his sister’s legacy, which really fuels his dedication to the foundation. Her belief in helping anyone in need matches what the foundation stands for.  

"I felt an overwhelming sense of accomplishment, but it always feels like there's more to do. I'm happy with the results but want to make the next one even bigger and keep pushing forward. I never feel like it's finished; there's always something more that can be added." 

Dominic Cahillane's fundraising journey shows how personal connections and community support can really make a difference. His story highlights the importance of humanitarian work and how much of an impact individuals can have with dedication and perseverance. 

We’d like to thank Dominic for sharing his experience. To find out more about fundraising events or how to support us in an event you have coming up, contact [email protected]. 

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Friends of David Nott Foundation Conference: Gathering Future Humanitarian Leaders

This month, we held our third Friends of David Nott Foundation (FDNF) conference, hosted this year by our FDNF at the University of Cambridge in the Clinical School of Medicine. This event brought together 45 dedicated FDNF members from universities across the UK, including Dundee, Leicester, Nottingham, Manchester, Glasgow, Cork, Bristol, and Cardiff, alongside international attendees from the Czech Republic. 

Our Friends of David Nott Foundation societies are made up of medical students who wish to embark on a humanitarian career. By bringing them together for teaching and connection with our trainers, our goal is to nourish the next generation of humanitarian surgeons.  

The conference featured four specialised workshops led by our faculty members, focusing on vascular surgery, orthopaedics, paediatrics, and general trauma. These sessions provided students with hands-on surgical experience and insights into the challenging yet rewarding field of humanitarian medicine.  

 

Faculty trainer Dr Mahmoud Hariri, a surgeon who met our Co-Founder David Nott in underground hospitals in Syria, led our final lecture. He shared his experiences from Syria and the difficulties of being a surgeon under unimaginable pressure 

“One of the hospitals I worked in was in a cave in a mountain. There are many hospitals like this in Syria. Some are underground or in a gym. Most of our lives at that time (during the siege), were underground. 

Being a war surgeon is not a funny thing, it is difficult. I have experienced soldiers placing bets on what they could hit each day.” - Dr Mahmoud Hariri, faculty trainer 

 

 

Our Co-Founder Elly Nott opened the event with an inspiring address, expressing her excitement for this annual gathering and highlighting the critical role it plays in fostering the next generation of humanitarian healthcare professionals.  

“FDNF conference is a highlight of my year. It’s a joy to meet the next generation of humanitarians and see how enthusiastic they are to use their skills to make the world a better place.” Elly Nott, Co-Founder 

Through our FDNFs, students contribute significantly to our work by raising awareness, fundraising for missions, and volunteering on our Hostile Environment Surgical Training (HEST) courses offered in the UK.  

 

They are the future of this world, and now more than ever, we need people who want to help and make a difference.  

This conference not only reinforced the commitment of current FDNFs but also inspired new additions to engage deeply our mission in helping to ensure safe surgical skills are available to all.  

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“If this training can work in Gaza, it can work anywhere else.”

Dr Israar Ul-Haq joined our HEST-UK (Hostile Environment Surgical Training-UK) course in Bolton to improve his trauma surgery skills before entering the heart of Palestine’s crisis – the Gaza Strip. 

Dr Israar Ul-Haq is a doctor  with a primary focus on urgent and pre-hospital care. Volunteering his expertise, Dr Ul-Haq joined two separate missions to Gaza, serving in Khan Younis and Deir al Balah. 

As I entered Gaza I felt a mix of emotions—eager to employ the skills I learned from HEST and help those in need, yet wary of the drones I can hear as soon as I entered.” 

With minimal resources and an overwhelming patient load, ranging from 500 to 1000 individuals daily according to Dr Ul-Haq, the medical staff faced immense challenges. The injuries they treated ranged from blast injuries and crush wounds, to traumatic amputations and fatal head injuries, or gun shot and sniper wounds. Techniques learned during  the HEST course, such as medical triage or procedures for getting access to the chest quickly, such as thoracotomies, were immediately put into action.

“It impacted every aspect of my work in Gaza” 

Dr Ul-Haq shared: “The course impacted every aspect of my work in Gaza, such as understanding the local environment and the types of injuries we encountered. Whether it was performing chest drains, managing blast injuries, conducting debridement, or treating burns, the training equipped me with the necessary skills I needed. 

The lectures on burns were very useful, they directly influenced our treatment protocols. Techniques like thoracotomy and bleeding control learned during the course became standard procedures in our daily practice. The emphasis on conducting primary and secondary surveys, along with fast scanning helped us to quickly assess and address critical issues in a high-pressure setting." 

Patients that stay with us 

“One patient's case is stuck in my head. He presented with a shrapnel injury to his back, which had penetrated his thorax. While we stabilised him initially, signs of Beck's triad (low blood pressure, distended neck veins, and distant or muffled heart sounds) alerted us to a possible cardiac tamponade (a serious condition where fluid builds up around the heart) - I had learned to identify this issue through fast scanning during the course. We rushed him to the operating theatre. Employing techniques like the clamp shell procedure, we successfully removed the bleeding around his heart, stabilising him.” 

“We had a four-year-old brought into the hospital with a pneumothorax, severe head injuries, and burns. We immediately admitted the child to the ICU. We performed a chest drain to treat the pneumothorax and employing rapid sequence induction (a method to quickly administer anaesthesia and secure the airway) to stabilise the child's condition. We debrided the wounds at the back and used fluid therapy to manage shock and maintain stability.” 

Our course is not just about building medical skills, it's about cultivating problem-solving abilities in the most challenging of circumstances. In environments where resources, staffing, and traumas are at their peak, the course empowers doctors to think laterally and use whatever limited resources they have. From using different pain management drugs to conducting fast scans to evaluate a patient's condition rapidly, every aspect of the training is geared towards equipping doctors with the tools they need to save lives, no matter where they are. 

“Upon arrival, another patient had no bleeding or shrapnel injuries, but vitals would not stabilise. drawing on what we learned from the HEST course, we identified a left-sided pneumothorax. Despite initial stabilization efforts, the patient's vital signs remained unstable,” shared Dr Ul-Haq. “I often used the fast-scanning technique taught in the course. ; I detected an additional right-sided pneumothorax. Without hesitation, I proceeded to insert a chest tube, a procedure ingrained in our training. Had we delayed any longer, the outcome could have been disastrous.” 

“Gaza is facing unimaginable suffering, and HEST was incredibly helpful there. If it can work in Gaza, it can work anywhere else too.” 

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The anaesthetist in a war zone

It takes a team to save a life in a war zone. Recognising the vital need for anaesthetists in conflict, we developed a bespoke anaesthesia course, to prepare anaesthetists for working in war hospitals. One of our experienced trainers, Dr Hussein Nagi, recently taught anaesthetists from Kuwait who are heading to Palestine. 

Managing pain in different ways

“Treatment and anaesthesia do not end in the operative theatre. In a war zone, you could have a whole ward of people with post-operative pain, for example after amputations. Anaesthetists must do what they can with what they have to continue their care," shared Dr Nagi in Kuwait.

"A colleague once shared that a boy was screaming in the night with phantom limb pain after getting an amputation, he was shouting ‘my toe is hurting’. His toes were not there.

They found a stock of epidural kits in their hospital (for maternal care) and gave it to him through a catheter – the boy was almost pain free. You can resolve severe pain, by nerve blocking, with a range of drugs. You just need to be able to adapt to your environment.”

Our course teachers share tips and tricks just like this, with the goal of making anaesthetists adaptable to the challenges of a conflict-affected environment.

The science behind war

A trainee from Kuwait, during our latest HEST-A course in the Middle East, shared: “The trainers were combining their war experience with theoretical teaching, which added a lot to the course – showing us what to expect.

There were three main sessions that I learned the most from. Damage control, the ballistics science behind bullets and bombs, and the chemical weapons session. They’re not taught during medical training so knowing more about them, how to deal with these situations, understanding the science to then anticipate what we may meet in A and E, was the highlight of the course.”

Triage is critical

“It was an impressive course. The most interesting part for me was the triage, and making decisions using the information we have learned over years in studies, but applying it to a conflict zone.

You have to adjust and accommodate to different situations, especially areas where you don’t have all the resources.

Gaza today urgently needs resources, food, water, equipment and man power. From what we hear from doctors on the ground, medical resources are much needed. It is very desperate.”

We have trained over 80 surgeons and anaesthetist in the UK and Kuwait who have, or intend to, volunteer their skills in Palestine's frontline hospitals. We will continue to upskill doctors in support of the people of Gaza.

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Preparing 36 Kuwaiti doctors for surgery in Gaza

With support from the Foreign Common Development Office (FCDO) and Kuwaiti Red Crescent Society (KRCS), we upskilled 24 Kuwaiti surgeons and 12 anaesthetists who intend to volunteer as humanitarians in Gaza. This marks our first direct partnership with the UK government.

Faculty Lead: Dr Ammar Darwish. Surgical Faculty: Dr Mahmoud Hariri, Professor Steven Mahoney, Dr Saladin Sawan, Dr Juan Robinson. Anaesthesia Faculty: Professor Pete Mahoney, Dr Oliver Harrison and Dr Hussein Nagi. 

Kuwait is home to over 4.2 million people. Sandwiched between Iraq and Saudi Arabia, Kuwait is a small but influential country in the Middle East. As the war continues to wage in Gaza, a number of Kuwaiti doctors have plans to volunteer their skills on the frontline. Upon invitation from the FCDO and KRCS, we were pleased to upskill 36 doctors and prepare them for complex trauma injuries.

Our Co-Founder, Elly Nott, said:

“Recognised by the UN as a Humanitarian Center and embodying the values of charity and humanity, Kuwait is a natural partner for the David Nott Foundation. During this mission, we trained 24 surgeons and 12 anaesthetists in partnership with the Kuwaiti Red Crescent Society and the British Embassy, Kuwait.

The doctors have been trained in surgical skills essential for saving life and limb and will contribute to relief campaigns and humanitarian initiatives in the region. There is sadly no end of need for their skills in the world at present and we look forward to further collaboration with our colleagues here in Kuwait for the benefit of those who suffer in conflict.”

The skills required by doctors in Gaza at this time extend far beyond surgery. Being calm in a crisis, able to adjust to the needs of the patient in front of you and adapt to the hospital’s resources – or lack of - are absolutely vital. Doctors and anaesthetists that rely on innovative surgical tools or drugs will only have so much impact in active war zones.

Consultant Anaesthetist and DNF Faculty Trainer, Professor Pete Mahoney, said:

“In conflict zones, there may not be reliable electricity, water or access to medical gases such as piped or cylinder oxygen. You need to be able to pivot and use something called ‘draw-over’ anaesthesia to deliver suitable medication. This is when the use of simple masks or a bag can be used to pull volatile agents (anaesthetic medications) into the patient’s body.

We also taught the Kuwaiti doctors how a simple anaesthesia machine can be constructed from components as they may need to build one in the field with whatever the hospital has. It is critical that humanitarian doctors are able to adapt.”

We know from our Faculty Lead in Palestine that doctors on the ground don’t always have the time or available tools to fix bones together with metal pins. To give doctors other options that require less equipment, we taught Kuwaiti doctors how to set bones with plaster casts, which can help breaks to heal in the absence of pins.

The British Ambassador to Kuwait, Mrs Belinda Lewis, said:

“The fact the UK government’s first partnership with the amazing David Nott Foundation took place in Kuwait is testament to the strong and productive relationship between our two countries. This combination of British and Kuwaiti expertise will undoubtedly support the medical response to the dreadful suffering in Gaza.

I am grateful for the assistance of a number of people in Kuwait who have helped me to bring in this expert team from the UK, and I would like to pay special thanks to Professor Ghassan Abu Sittar, veteran war surgeon and humanitarian, who first suggested this valuable partnership to me.”

President of the Kuwaiti Red Crescent Society and former Minister for Health in Kuwait, Dr Hilal Al Sayer, said:

"On behalf of the Kuwait Red Crescent Society, I extend my appreciation to the British Embassy for their facilitation of the training course throughout this process. I also extend our sincerest gratitude to the David Nott Foundation for their invaluable expertise. Their guidance has empowered our esteemed consultants with the skills needed to navigate the complexities of emergency medical care as volunteer medics in conflict zones whose dedication serves as a testament to the spirit of humanity that defines our National Society.

Last, but certainly not least, I extend my heartfelt thanks to the National Bank of Kuwait for their generous support, we are truly grateful for their partnership.

I am immensely proud of the collaboration that has characterized our time together and am confident that we will carry forward the lessons learned in our shared mission to serve humanity with compassion and expertise."

Until we can support and upskill doctors on the ground in Gaza, we will continue to do all we can from a distance. The delivery of our surgical and new anaesthesia courses to Kuwaiti doctors who intend to enter Palestine as humanitarian volunteers, forms part of our unwavering commitment to the ongoing crisis.

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Bearing witness to the medical needs in Gaza

Our Medical Director Dr Ammar Darwish embarked on an operating surgical mission to Gaza to offer his trauma surgery skills to those most in need. As he crossed the border into the besieged territory, he faced trucks held up for miles, filled with much-needed aid. 

Hell on earth” 

As Dr Darwish travelled deeper into Gaza, he observed the expanse of makeshift tents, shelters for internally displaced families. Some had no tents at all, resorting to crafting shelters from plastic sheets that offered little protection from the cold and wet weather.  

Entering Khan Yunis Hospital, Dr Darwish was met with exhausted medical staff who were battling with limited supplies. Vast numbers of patients with extreme injuries came through the doors and difficult choices had to be made within minutes on who could be saved.  

Adapting to an impossible environment  

Lack of electricity and water are causing numerous health complications. Without electricity, patients in need of ventilation struggled to breathe. The absence of water prevented the sterilisation of medical tools. Medication, antibiotics, painkillers, and even anaesthesia were sparce – basic resources that should be present in any hospital.  

Children with severe injuries from shrapnel lay in beds with little to no relief due to lack of medical resources. 

I met a very scared six-year-old boy that had a shrapnel injury in his abdomen. Because of the complexity of the injury, and because of limited resources such as antibiotics, the boy’s abdomen was open and there were a lot of holes in his bowels. Anything he ate or drank was leaking out of his abdomen. That child had not had any food to eat, or a proper drink, for a whole month; he was a skeleton. 

Stretched to limits 

Despite the chaos, resilience and humanity ran through the Gazan people. Local medical staff welcomed Dr Darwish and his team, despite managing the loss or unknown status of their homes or family members. They were stretched to their limits, with only nine operating hospitals left of all the 36 hospitals in Gaza.  

“You cannot but compare it to our work in a UK major trauma centre, where for one trauma patient, you might have six, seven, even 10 doctors treating them. In Gaza you are one doctor for 10 people, 15 people, which means you have to make really heavy decisions on who to treat. It sits heavy on my heart that there were many children we could not even see to in time.  

"I've been part of over 45 global missions in conflict zones, with Syria, Aleppo, being one of the most challenging. This mission to Gaza was the most difficult mission that I've been through physically, mentally, even psychologically, because of the amount of injury that I witnessed and the amount of devastation and carnage we were faced with and with only basic supplies and resources.”  

Medical needs for years to come 

“The number of injured people now in Gaza has exceeded 70,000. If you can imagine the complexity of these injuries - these patients will need years of medical care, surgical operations, physiotherapy, and a lot of resources to reconstruct their injuries. There is a huge need for humanitarian aid, but first there must be a ceasefire.” 

We have provided training to 79 UK surgeons who are preparing to or have already travelled to Gaza to provide life-saving aid. Many more are scheduled to depart. Our aim remains steadfast and unwavering – to ensure everyone has access to safe, skilled surgical care.  

We are committed to supporting the Palestinian people until we are able to train in-country again.  

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Teaching 86 war doctors in Vinnytsia, Ukraine

86 more Ukrainian doctors are now armed with trauma surgery skills that will help them improve the care they give to victims injured on the frontline. In partnership with UOSSM International, our trainers upskilled both surgeons and anaesthetists in the Ukrainian city of Vinnytsia.

Despite over two years of conflict, many doctors in Ukraine are still facing horrifying injuries - and many they were not trained to treat during standard medical training. War inflicts incomprehensible injuries on those it meets. Shrapnel can tear through multiple parts of the body and it’s a medical team’s job to identify which injury needs treating first. This is done by carrying out damage control to find and reduce sources of bleeding before repairs can take place. Under pressure, this isn’t an easy feat but are vital skills that we teach – alongside guidance on how to stay calm and focused - on our course.

The long road

It’s not just immediate care that doctors need to be trained in. War wounds often require months, sometimes years, of rehabilitation and additional surgeries. Our team visited the Superhuman Center in Vynnyky, Lviv, an outstanding facility supporting adults and children who have lost limbs in the war.  It is facilities like these, and training like ours, that help doctors carry out amputations in such a way that the victims will recover well or receive prosthetics when the time comes.

Nick Cartwright, our Programmes Manager who led this course and visited facilities at both Superhuman and Unbroken, said:

“There’s a lot of a hardship in Ukraine today, but a lot of hope. There’s a strong desire for our training – Ukrainian doctors want to know they are doing absolutely everything they can for those injured in their communities. Having now upskilled nearly 600 doctors in Ukraine, the country’s healthcare systems are getting stronger, despite the ongoing pressures of war.”

Frontline stories

We interviewed a number of doctors who took our surgical and anaesthesia courses in Vinnytsia. It’s their experiences that drive us to keep going back to new cities, spreading trauma surgery knowledge further across the country.

“People were burning”

“When the war started we had a lot of humanitarian aid it was so helpful. But we still need it – the war hasn’t finished. This course is so helpful and interesting – there’s a lot of information and practical skills. Many things were new for me. It’s great that I now have new skills and knowledge.

I have some experience of war wounds since the war. We’ve had attacks here in Vinnytsia, a lot people were injured. People were burning, some had head injuries, they came to our emergency hospital. I also volunteered in places like Donbass.

The biggest attack here was on the 14th of July. A lot of people were killed, children. It was hard because we didn’t prepare for this. On this course, we saw a video of how colleagues work in an emergency situation. We have some things we need to change on how we will work in an emergency.

I want to tell the world that war in Ukraine is still going on. A lot of civilian people are dying. We need help to win this war – and I hope it will be soon.” - Daria, General Surgery Resident, Vinnytsia

“I’m going to use these skills in my operations”

“I’m a civilian anaesthesiologist in a country that is under war. I’m going to use these skills in planned operations in critical care in my emergency hospital.

Since we always have a lot of patients, with many civilians, internally displaced people, and military, who have trauma wounds, we are always lacking the materials, medication and equipment. Anything we receive (including training) we always use it.” – Igor, Anaesthetist, Vinnytsia

“I hope people are kind”

"I’m a Resident of General Surgery, trying to do all I can in my specialty. I hope I will not use this knowledge (from the David Nott Foundation training) on the battlefield, but Russia is still attacking.

I have some experience of treating war injuries. We’ve had a lot of injured people and deaths. I want to bring attention to Ukrainian refugees too who are now in other countries. I hope whoever hosts them is kind to them.” – Anastasiia, General Surgery Resident, Vinnytsia

As Ukraine continues to be ravaged by war, we have made a commitment to train every Ukrainian doctor in the country. Help us achieve our goal.

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“Maternal health isn't just a medical issue, it's a societal barometer.”

 Every two minutes, a woman loses her life to preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth. These staggering statistics stress the need for action. In humanitarian crises, where access to healthcare is severely limited, maternal care becomes even more critical.  

“800 preventable maternal mortalities are happening every day, and a woman dies every two minutes from a preventable cause. So that's women dying through pregnancy and pregnancy related conditions,” shared Dr Pippa Letchworth, our Faculty Lead for Obstetrics and Gynaecology.”

This sobering reality is what drives our passionate team to develop an obstetrics and gynaecology course aimed at addressing the most pressing challenges in maternal healthcare. In crisis settings, where resources are scarce, the course equips healthcare professionals with the skills needed to perform life-saving surgeries, particularly focusing on addressing the top global killers of women - haemorrhage, obstructed labour, sepsis, and unsafe abortion. 

“75% of displaced people are women and children, and one of the five of those women will be pregnant.”

The course covers a wide spectrum of topics in maternal and neonatal healthcare in crisis. Participants begin with trauma training before transitioning into obstetrics to understand the complexities of childbirth emergencies.  

Emphasis is placed on neonatal resuscitation techniques with the goal of reducing the number of stillbirths. Subsequent sessions address postpartum haemorrhage management, perineal repair, and navigating challenging deliveries like impaction and breech positions. The course also covers disruptive delivery, crucial for situations where doctors have limited access to caesarean sections.  

Beyond the medical realm, our trainers advocate for a holistic approach to maternal health in their teaching. It's not just about reducing mortality rates, it's about understanding the wider implications of maternal deaths on families, communities, and societies at large. Children left motherless are at a significantly higher risk of mortality and developmental issues, perpetuating a cycle of vulnerability. 

“There needs to be a call to arms to improving maternal health.”

We must advocate for women's rights, improving doctors access to education and dismantling systemic barriers that perpetuate maternal mortality. 

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Joining forces with the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh to deliver our HEST-UK course

In a landmark collaboration aimed at addressing the critical shortage of skilled surgical care in conflict and disaster zones, we are teaming up with the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (RCSEd) - home to The Faculty of Remote, Rural & Humanitarian Healthcare (FRRHH) - to deliver our Hostile Environment Surgical Training UK (HEST-UK) course.

Taking place from 3 -7 June at RCSEd Edinburgh, the course celebrates a new era of partnership. Our HEST-UK course offers surgeons a unique opportunity to enhance their capabilities and readiness for humanitarian crises. Over the course of five days, participants will delve into decision-making and surgical strategies for austere conditions, covering a spectrum of trauma cases including penetrating and crush injuries, orthopaedic fractures, and obstetric emergencies.

Rapid response

Responding to the escalation of the Gaza-Israel conflict in October, two previous HEST-UK courses were swiftly organised in Bolton in December 2023 and January 2024. Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, Dr Iman Al Mabhooh, expressed his enthusiasm at the opportunity:

“I’m excited about expanding my skill set beyond obstetrics and gynaecology to acquire new abilities that will benefit mothers and their infants in Gaza and the West Bank. I recognise the desperate need for assistance there. This course is unique as it combines obstetrics and gynaecology with trauma care and address complex challenges comprehensively.”

Nick Cartwright, Programmes Manager at our Foundation, said: "Since the DNF’s beginnings in 2015, our team of experienced surgical trainers have upskilled over 1800 doctors and delivered 61 courses in some of the world’s most dangerous corners, including Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Palestine and Ukraine.

With the delivery of our HEST-UK course in partnership with RCSEd, we will grow the number of upskilled, humanitarian surgeons who are ready to volunteer their skills, make rapid and effective clinical decisions under pressure, and manage the broad range of complex trauma injuries that present in the throes of conflict and catastrophe.”

A significant step forward

Angus Watson, FRRHH Executive Committee Member, said:

“By combining the DNF's expertise with RCSEd's dedication to recognise professional standards in humanitarian healthcare, this partnership promises to empower medical professionals and save countless lives in the face of adversity.”

The Faculty's commitment to supporting surgeons is exemplified by its decision to grant participants of the course a complimentary one-year affiliation membership to the Faculty of Remote, Rural, and Humanitarian Healthcare. This membership provides an invaluable opportunity to connect with a broader humanitarian community within a professional setting tailored for humanitarian, remote, and rural healthcare professionals.

Spaces on the course are limited and will be allocated on a first come first serve basis.

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