I’ve recently learned about a non-profit organization called The PanAfrican Acupuncture Project. Acupuncturists from the U.S. conduct training programs (in Uganda, so far) for local healthcare workers so that they can use acupuncture to treat patients suffering from malaria, tuberculosis, and HIV/AIDS. The PanAfrican Acupuncture Project has been doing this since 2003.
Support the PanAfrican Acupuncture Project by getting acupuncture at Brookline Community Acupuncture through November 6th! The owner of Brookline Community Acupuncture, Richard Mandell, is also the director of the PanAfrican Acupuncture Project. He will be in Uganda through November 6th for another training program. I am glad to be one of several acupuncturists who have volunteered to work at Brookline Community Acupuncture while he is away. The more people who come to Brookline Community Acupuncture, the more support Richard Mandell receives for spreading the use of acupuncture to communities in need.
From the PanAfrican Acupuncture Project website: “In late February, we returned to Uganda and visited five districts were we had previously worked. The Trainees related many breathtaking stories. Many of them reported how their acupuncture treatments have led to a significant reduction in size and pain from grossly enlarged spleens, a malaria-related condition previously untreatable. Trainee Hussein spoke of one of his AIDS patients who, because of his acupuncture treatments, was once again able to walk. And David described how his treatments have greatly reduced the severity and frequency of epileptic seizures.”
This is also a great opportunity to experience community acupuncture – acupuncture provided in a group setting, fees based on a sliding scale.