About us

Who We Are

World Medicine is managed by a board of trustees who give their time and expertise for free. World Medicine projects are often self-funded, with volunteers fundraising for their own flights, food, and accommodation. Equipment is funded by World Medicine and is sponsored by UK suppliers and donations. Our practitioners are fully qualified acupuncturists. World Medicine is open to including qualified complementary therapists for specific projects.

Mission & Values

Our Vision

  • To alleviate suffering in communities around the world where people have been affected by trauma, disaster and poverty.

Our Mission Statement

  • To provide complementary healthcare, including acupuncture, to relieve the suffering of people around the world experiencing the effects of trauma, disaster and poverty.

Our Core Values

  • Non-religious.
  • Non-political.
  • Committed to facilitating health and well-being, and relieving suffering through complementary and alternative therapies.
  • Committed to sharing skills across cultural, religious and professional borders, acknowledging common humanity and basic human rights.

How We Do It


World Medicine is managed by a Board of Trustees.

The World Medicine Charitable Trust support partnership working and have established strong collaborative relations with well recognised organisations in the
host countries.

All World Medicine projects are decided upon by the Board of Trustees where there is clear evidence of a need in the country requiring assistance and support.

Teams of volunteers are recruited and selected and receive training before undertaking a project whether in the UK or Overseas. A full de-brief with qualified counsellors on return from the project is also offered. A Project Leader is assigned for each project.

Monitoring and evaluation reports for all projects undertaken are a necessary requirement and this is jointly managed by the Project Leader and World Medicine Administration.


As well as offering expert treatments we endeavour to train local healthcare workers whenever possible to ensure on-going care for patients.

Our Trustees


Alison Gould

Alison is a trustee of the World Medicine Charitable Trust and currently Chair person.

She has been involved with the charity for a number of years and been a volunteer in Chaparda, Gujarat since 2014. In 2016 she assisted Phil in his role as the new team leader and worked to support the team of volunteer acupuncturists and translators and oversee the data collection.

Read more

Alison has over 30 years of experience as a practitioner of acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine, and has studied in China, the UK and Europe. She is a fully qualified member of the British Acupuncture Council.

She still runs her own practice and has been involved with many other aspects of work in the profession. She coordinated the first Acupuncture Research Resource Centre for 5 years. For over 10 years she taught at the Northern College for Acupuncture, including running the clinical education. From 2008-2014 she worked for the British Acupuncture Accreditation Board as an officer, taking responsibility for the progress and development of acupuncture teaching institutions and their courses to ensure they met the standards set by the BAcC and BAAB. Since 2011 she has extended her role to include mentoring and supervision and hence support the next generations of acupuncture practitioners. She has published a number of articles.


Phil Montgomery

Phil is a Trustee of the World Medicine Charitable Trust (WM). He is now responsible for the WM Project in Gujarat, India, which sets up an annual multi bed acupuncture clinic from a hospital in Chaparda serving hundreds of impoverished people from the local rural community.

His first visit to the Project was in 2013. He was subsequently involved in setting up an

Read more

Acupuncture Pain clinic and training local hospital staff in administrating a basic auricular protocol. During Phil’s last visit in December 2016 he was Team Leader to the WM volunteer group of acupuncturists who worked at Chaparda.

Phil is an enthusiastic and passionate acupuncturist who runs a thriving clinic in Selby, North Yorkshire. He attained a First Class Honours Degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine: Acupuncture, at the Northern College of Acupuncture (NCA) and is a fully qualified member of the British Acupuncture Council. Phil specialises in muscle-skeletal disorders, stress / anxiety and fertility issues.

Over the past 6 years Phil has worked at the Northern College of Acupuncture as a Clinical Skills and Points location teacher, Business Stream leader and Teaching clinic locum supervisor.



Najma is a trustee of the World Medicine Charitable Trust.

She has been involved with the charity since 2016 when she volunteered as a translator in Chaparda, Gujarat, India. She got involved in data analysis for the 2016 and 2017 trips.

Najma has spent over 28 years in the Financial Services sector which has given her exposure…

Read more

to a broad range of experience in regulatory and insurance environments.  She has experience of corporate governance, risk analysis, project management and data collection. During her career, she has mentored and trained staff on career advice as well financial regulatory requirements.

She is qualified as a teacher of secondary Mathematics and now works part time with children aged 5 – 16 in small groups and on an individual basis.  Whilst in Chaparda she also worked in the schools teaching English and lectured at colleges on Communication and Interpersonal skills to undergraduates.


She has participated in the Local Community Affairs scheme including mentoring students at various schools in Tower Hamlets. She has also been a school Governor and volunteered as a companion for visually impaired individuals through Middlesex Association for the Blind.


She swims and does yoga to keep fit, and since 2012 is now a keen Bridge player.


Emma Vaughan

Emma is a trustee of the world Medicine charitable trust and has been involved with the charity since
2016 when she volunteered as an acupuncturist in Chaparda.

Emma has been an acupuncturist for 20 years originally gaining her Lic Ac from the College of Traditional Acupuncture in 1998.

She went on to gain a first class honours degree in Traditional Chinese

Read more

Medicine from Middlesex university in 2012.

In addition she has studied in Israel and China and has a wealth of experience in all areas of healthcare. Emma’s career as an acupuncturist ran parallel with her work as a nurse and midwife for
many years before taking the plunge 8 years ago and immersing herself in a very busy private practice. She is passionately committed to our project in India and strongly believes that World
Medicine has a positive and significant impact on the health of many people who are reached by the projects.

She balances her work life by travelling, walking her dog Malky and endless baking for her grateful family!

Links to organisations we work with