The World Medicine Charitable Trust has run a number of very successful projects across the Middle East and India, and continues its mission to do so. Our emphasis is on sustainability, strong partnership working and research to inform decision making.
Currently we have our on-going programme in Gujarat, India working with our host organisation BEHT and Health Aid Trust. We have also recently started to co-ordinate a project with NADA GB in West London for those effected by the Grenfell Tower fire, offering free auricular acupuncture sessions to the community.
World Medicine has had a presence in several countries, from our very beginnings in Sri Lanka and have had programmes in the West Bank and Gaza (see past projects).
Below you can find further details of the projects World Medicine has organised.
World Medicine originally named Acupuncture Sans Frontieres began in 2005 in Sri Lanka helping victims of the Asian Tsunami, and have had projects in Nablus, Hebron, Gaza and India. For more information on Acupuncture Sans Frontieres click here.
The following two brief case studies are examples of how differently patients may present in another culture and setting. The vast majority of people seen in Chaparda attend with musculoskeletal problems, so these cases were interesting variations for the team to treat and reflect upon.
The symptoms, history and understanding needed for these cases offered a positive challenge to the team and widened their experience in a number of ways. In addition, working in a setting where the intensity of treatments (up to 6 or more per person in 10 days), is so different from practice in the UK, offered further insights.
In these cases, and many others seen, this intensity of treatment elicited positive outcomes. However, they also illustrate how valuable more regular visits to the centre would be to ensure more ongoing support.