Being aware of the difficulties encountered by medical centres in developing countries, due mainly to the lack of medicines, acupuncture looked like a particularly good alternative.
“Acupuncture Sans Frontières” (or Acupuncture without borders”, AWB) was created in France on the 23d of February 1992 and the first missions took place in Tibetan refugee camps in Northern India. Solidarity Acupuncture for a humanitarian purpose was born.
Since then, other countries opened “Acupuncture Sans Frontières” centres: ASF (AWB) Switzerland in 1996, ASF Belgium in 2004, ASF Pyrenees, ASF Québec, Acupunctura Para El Mundo in Spain, ASF Portugal, and ASF China.
The purpose of “Acupuncture sans Frontières” (Acupuncture Without Borders) is to train health practitioners (doctors, nurses, physiotherapists, midwives) in acupuncture in order to offer the general population an efficient alternative treatment to modern or traditional medicine already in place.
A form of treatment without medications may, then, be available to poor people. Today this goal is far from being achieved in every developing countries but the association is faithful to its vocation and increases its actions.
Only made up of volunteer (unpaid) members, “Acupuncture Sans Frontières” has been working for more than 20 years, together with medical teams of Africa, Asia, and America in order that they may get more and more self reliant health structures.
The 20th of November 2004, during an annual meeting in Geneva, the ASF (AWB) centres decided to create an international structure which became effective on the 9th of February 2005.
“Acupuncture Sans Frontières International” (ASF-I) has 3 comities: one for ethical, one for administrative and one for educational matters. These comities are represented by delegates from the different ASF centres of ASF-I, and work closely with each of them. Only ASF centres which received an agreement from ASF-I may benefit from its support.