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.

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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

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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.


Ronit Broder

Ronit is a Trustee of the World Medicine Charitable Trust (WM). She is an organiser / administrator and multi-tasker for this busy, small charity, working alongside our Chairwoman, Alison Gould.

Ronit’s special interest is oncology and pain management. She was a volunteer acupuncturist for five years working at St Joseph’s Hospice in

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Bethnal Green, London, where she introduced a successful programme of Seated Acupuncture Group sessions treating a variety of patients with neurological and life-limiting conditions. This programme is offered to the patient’s carers who have also benefited from these treatments. She also supervised and taught auricular acupuncture and okyu techniques to her colleagues at St. Jo’s. Ronit spent two years as a volunteer acupuncturist at The Disability Foundation at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, Stanmore, Middlesex, where she also introduced Seated Acupuncture Group sessions for pain management. After leaving TDF, Ronit took up the challenge of volunteering for WM.

She is a fully qualified member of the BAcC and is a graduate of Westminster University in TCM: Acupuncture.  She has studied in China and has attended many courses in the UK and abroad. Ronit holds a Diploma in TCM Obstetrics and Gynaecology which is the main focus of her private practice based in St. Albans and Harpenden, Hertfordshire.

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