Two years of war and two years of attacks on healthcare

Two years have passed since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the scars continue to run deep. As published in the Foreign Policy Centre, our CEO, Elly Nott, shares the realities faced by Ukrainian doctors and the relentless attacks on their healthcare system that continue to persist even after 24 months of war.  

Ongoing struggles, relentless weaponisation and devastating attacks on healthcare continue to be perpetrated by Russia. The numbers are staggering with over 1,000 verified attacks on healthcare in Ukraine as confirmed by the World Health Organisation.  

These figures are not just statistics. They represent lives shattered, dreams destroyed, and communities torn apart.

Beyond the numbers, healthcare plays a critical role in upholding societal cohesion and fostering trust between citizens and their government. Despite relentless onslaught, the Ukrainian people have displayed remarkable resilience, refusing to let their national spirit be broken by the brutality of war. But amidst the devastation, there is a glaring absence of justice. 

Our work at the David Nott Foundation stands as testament to our commitment to supporting those affected by conflict. As the conflict unfolded in 2022, our Co-Founder, David Nott, conducted a series of intensive training sessions, upskilling 573 Ukrainian doctors over Zoom. In the subsequent years of 2022 and 2023, we expanded our efforts, providing specialised training to 442 surgeons and anaesthetists through 11 comprehensive surgical training courses.  


We have forged crucial partnerships with Ukraine’s Ministry of Health, the World Health Organisation, and UOSSM. As part of our broader Ukraine program, we’ve also funded scholarships to further empower healthcare professionals. Specifically, we funded a Ukrainian surgeon and anaesthetist to undergo paediatric trauma surgical training. 

As the war wages on, we will continue to support Ukraine’s healthcare heroes, ensuring they are equipped with the knowledge and skills needed to save lives and alleviate the suffering caused by the ongoing conflict. 

Elly Nott,

CEO and Co-Founder  

Two Years On: Russia Continues to weaponise and attack healthcare in Ukraine