March 2021 Newsletter

What is it really like to be a doctor in a war zone?

Welcome to the David Nott Foundation’s February update. The pandemic has given us the time to reflect on the amazing doctors that we have trained on past HEST courses. Each one of them has a story to tell. Some go to work every day while bullets tear through the walls of their operating theatres; some fight to save lives while armed groups fight each other in the streets. In this booklet, we highlight eight such doctors and give them the platform they deserve. READ: ‘War Doctor Heroes’ photobooklet on the DNF website with foreword from Elly Nott.




Thank you, Wellcome Staff

Our partnership with Wellcome will have a profound and lasting impact on both war doctors and their patients in conflict zones. Today we say thank you and recognise the huge and very real impact that Wellcome’s generosity will have on our work.

Last year, the staff of Wellcome chose the David Nott Foundation as their charity of the year for 2020/21. Since then, they have consistently given outstanding effort to the cause, from completing challenge events to auctioning lunches with Director Sir Jeremy Farrar.

To each and every member of Wellcome’s staff: thank you. Your effort will reverberate around the world as we train more war doctors, and they save more lives.

For small charities like the David Nott Foundation, every donation can have a disproportionately large impact. Every sponsored run, bake sale or event goes a long way to delivering vital surgical training in locations that need it.



David Nott Wins Human Rights Award

On the 2nd of February, David Nott was awarded the Hans Albrecht Foundation’s Human Rights Award for 2021. The award was presented by Lord Daniel Finkelstein.

The Hans Albrecht Foundation’s mission is to advance human rights in the UK, particularly with regards to children, equalities, those with disabilities and refugees. The Award honours individuals or organisations that have made outstanding contributions to the field of human rights. Read more about the Hans Albrecht Foundation on their website.



US Supporters Have New Way to Donate

Supporters who are tax-payers in the USA can support the David Nott Foundation through the British Schools and Universities Foundation (BSUF) Inc.

This is a charitable organisation recognised by the US Internal Revenue Service under Section 501 (c) (3) and was founded over 40 years ago to enable US residents to support British organisations in a tax efficient manner.

As a result of our membership, you will be able to receive full tax exemption status. To donate from the USA, please go to the new dedicated section of our website.

FDNF Societies Inspire the Next Generation of Humanitarians

Our Friends of the David Nott Foundation societies are taking universities by storm all over the country, with requests to start new societies coming through thick and fast. We are so proud of the work that they do to spread the word of the Foundation’s work, and inspire the next generation of humanitarians.

Earlier this month, FDNF Manchester hosted a fantastic conference entitled: ‘MDT On the Front Line’. This was a stimulating day of speeches and workshops led by some of the field’s most distinguished practitioners. Alongside David Nott was our own Jon Barden, leading a workshop on humanitarian operations delivery, and DNF Faculty colleague Ammar Darwish who also led a workshop.



Make Someone’s Day This Easter

Easter is a perfect time to reach out to loved ones and friends. In this time of social distancing, a handwritten card feels like an authentic connection in a way that an email cannot. Make someone’s day with this beautiful card by Peter Suart, or choose from our extensive range on our website – proceeds from which will benefit the David Nott Foundation.