About World Medicine

Who We Are

World Medicine began as 'Acupuncture Sans Frontieres', which was founded in 2005 following the Asian tsunami. Read more about our origins here:

We are 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. In addition, we work with a team of skilled translators when required.

Mission and 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, primarily acupuncture, including adjuvant treatments, 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 improving health and well-being, and relieving suffering.
  • Committed to sharing skills across cultural, religious and professional borders, acknowledging common humanity and basic human rights.

How We Work


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. We offer a full debrief to project volunteers on their return. 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.

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