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Faced with the lack of autonomy of health centres in developing countries, mainly due to the lack of medicines, acupuncture appeared to be particularly well adapted.  

History 

1992, creation of AWB in France

By Philippe Annet who carried out the first AWB mission in a Tibetan refugee camp in northeast India, where the lack of resources did not allow access to healthcare, including Tibetan medicine, because pharmacopoeia products were too expensive for the refugee population.

Humanitarian and solidarity acupuncture was born.


Today :

There are 5 AWB Approved Centres in Europe: France, Switzerland, Belgium, Spain, Portugal. They organize missions around the world. About 20 AWB missions are carried out per year.


Countries where these Centers have intervened

Balance sheet :

  • several hundred trained caregivers (doctors, nurses, midwives, physiotherapists)

  • thousands of poor people now have access to this type of care

AWB-International   

AWB-International was created in 2004 :

  • to facilitate the creation of new AWB Centres

  • to  provide national AWB Centres with AWB-I accreditation

  • to require AWB Centres to commit themselves to an Ethic Charter

  • to provide financial, pedagogical and logistical support to AWB Centres

  • to maintain a dynamic link between the various Centres

Only AWB centres that have received AWB-I accreditation are supported.


Comity director of AWB- International :   

  • President : Philippe ANNET

  • Secretary : Philippe RAUST

  • Treasurer : Bernard DE WURSTEMBERGER


The AWB-I High Council :

It consists of a managing Committee and a representative from each national ASF centre.
A general assembly takes place at the beginning of each year to exchange experiences, organize and plan missions.


Evolution of AWB's actions, and reflections :

In addition to training missions abroad, some ASF Centres have set up acupuncture care activities for the most disadvantaged (homeless) in their national territories. (In particular in Spain and Belgium). Reflections on the interest of developing this type of action :

  • difficult or even impossible western type medical follow-up for the homeless

  • frequent rejection from traditional care structures

  • difficulty in completing a drug prescription

  • boosting of individual self esteem by the nature of acupuncture care

Current AWB missions 2019 & 2018 and the AWB-International Charter