World Medicine - Acupuncture in Action
World Medicine is a registered UK charity providing acupuncture to people around the world suffering the effects of trauma, disaster or poverty.
Grenfell Projects 2017 -2020
Following the Grenfell Tower fire in July 2017, World Medicine worked alongside NADA GB to set up an Auricular Acupuncture Clinic at the Al Manaar Mosque, The Muslim Cultural & Heritage Centre near Westbourne Park in October 2017. The clinic ran every Tuesday, offering free treatment to support the Grenfell community effected by this tragedy.
Between May 2019 and March 2020 World Medicine and NADAGB opened and ran a second venue giving similar treatment at The Space, a community facility nearby.
The projects ran for two and a half years after the Grenfell tragedy and provided a free acupuncture service to about 320 people directly affected. 977 treatments were given.
This is a considerable achievement and huge thanks and gratitude go to all the volunteers and particularly Rachel Peckham and her team for consistently organising and delivering this care.
Many thanks are also due to our sponsors The Clarkson Jersey Trust, Ramesh Shah, Phoenix Medical and all those who donated to World Medicine during this period
The data available suggests that those attending did benefit in various ways. However the effects were limited by the fact that the majority only attended 1-2 times.
This is a key learning point for us all for further projects.
The Chapard Challenge - A Fundraising Project for 2021
2020 was a very difficult year for all of us, and that continues now into 2021. One of the major sadnesses in all of the sadness we've heard of through the pandemic was the cancellation of our 2021 Chaparda clinic.
It was of course a hard blow for the team of practitioners and translators that were all ready to go out to India but much harder for those who had to forego the treatments we've been able to provide over the past years.
We want them to know they are in our hearts and thoughts, though, so we've decided to connect to them in a practical, if virtual, way - we're going to visit them!
We're planning a virtual journey from our HQ in York, all the way to Chaparda. Some people will walk, some will run, some will cycle, some will swim, some will travel by rowing machine, treadmill or exercise bike! And all this through the wonder of technology and the internet!
A virtual journey is one where teams of people do exercise of one kind or another and then log into a web page where they record the miles they've done. All these miles are added onto a map which shows the progress being made from York to Chaparda as if they were really on that road.
It's a wonderful way to see progress, and a wonderful way to keep the people of Chaparda in our hearts and minds.
For this to be a success we need two things - people to take part, and people to sponsor them. We'd like this to be a fundraiser for World Medicine's work there and elsewhere. Through this 'Chaparda Challenge' we hope to raise money to support our annual clinic there, the Jay Ambe Hospital which hosts us so generously each year, and also our other work in the UK.
Please consider either joining our team or sponsoring our challenge. Please consider taking part; you can walk, cycle, etc as little or much as you want to and can manage - literally, every little effort helps us along the road to our goal of reaching Chaparda.
Thank you, and here's to a successful Chaparda Challenge!
World Medicine - Acupuncture in Action - offers humanitarian aid and training where it is most needed, regardless of race, religion, politics or gender in order to strengthen and support local communities.
The journey began in 2005 when a team of 21 complementary therapists went out to help victims of the Asian Tsunami.
Today, we are more active than ever in offering practitioner training, overseas and UK based programmes, recruiting volunteers, and raising funds for current and future projects.
Please browse around the website to find out more about our work, our projects, those we help, our volunteers, and how you too can help our work by giving your time and by giving us financial support.
Thank you for your interest in the work of World Medicine, thank you for visiting and thank you for your support.