• Julia Motta

Friends of David Nott Comes to Bristol


The David Nott foundation was established in 2015 by professor David Nott. His aim was to transcend surgical training across borders, conflict and crises. So far, 2.2. million people have been helped by the work started by this extraordinary man.

Who is David Nott?

David Nott is a surgeon who has spent the last 27 years working in war zones and natural disaster regions across the globe providing humanitarian relief. Countries he has worked in include Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Chad, Libya and Haiti. He is the author of the best selling book “War Doctor”, in which he shares his personal account of operating and providing medical health care in the midst of war zones. He shares heartbreaking stories about the terrifying living conditions of these war zones and the families affected. He also details the life long friendships he has built throughout his career thus far. David Nott’s passion for humanitarian work is truly inspiring and emphasises how Medical care is a human right, irrespective of political view, nationality, gender or race.

What is the David Nott foundation all about?

The scarcity of surgical care accounts for more deaths than HIV/AIDs, tuberculosis and malaria combined (The Lancet, 2015). The aim of the foundation is to expand Hostile Environment Surgical Training (HEST) and fund scholarship programs to bring doctors over to the UK for training purposes. So far, the foundation has awarded grants to the Syrian British Medical Society enabling elective plastic surgery for refugees in Lebanon, specialist Emergency Care in Obstetrics and surgical aid in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. The foundation has delivered 28 courses in 37 different countries, training over 800 doctors globally.

How can you help?

You can be a part of this ever-growing journey, connecting borders and providing medical care around the world. The Friends of David Nott Foundation was first established in Manchester by medical students and this year we are expanding to Bristol! Our aims are to raise awareness about conflicts happening worldwide and to fundraise in order to expand surgical training. If you are passionate about humanitarian work, global health, international relations, or surgery, this society is for you! Applications to be part of the team close on the 30th of November. Please contact the fdnbristoluni@gmail.com for any inquiries.

Application form: https://forms.gle/9CM2JUX5kv6SExwM7