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.
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.
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 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