Acupuncturists Without Borders (AWB) is actively organizing support for people being forced to flee Ukraine, including Ukrainian citizens, students and migrants from other countries, and
refugees from Africa and the Middle East who once again have to find safe haven.
Currently, in the Netherlands we are:
- Identifying and securing locations for pop-up clinics, to treat refugees. Pop-up clinic sites need to be clean, safe spaces. We will be providing auricular treatments, therefore we will not need treatment tables! Patients just need comfortable seating. Ideally, we would have a 4 hour time block for set up/breakdown, and to administer treatments on a rolling basis. Depending on the availability of space and volunteer practitioners, we can set up sites at multiple locations, with a minimum frequency of every other week. We also want to make sure locations are as close as possible to where refugees will be staying, so they do not have to go far. If you have leads on potential clinic sites, please let us know as soon as possible
- Organizing supplies and donations. We will need seating, needles, alcohol swabs, sharps containers, mouth caps, and everything else you can think of
- Starting to screen interested volunteers. All practitioners are welcome. We would especially love to work with local Acupuncture schools, to give student acupuncturists an opportunity to gain clinical experience by treating incoming refugees.
While we appreciate the interest of many people to provide direct services, we have to establish a workable service infrastructure rst. This takes time, money, planning, and help with administration, logistics, public outreach and resource mobilization on the ground. Please let us know if you can contribute any of these skills/actions to this effort!
Information is updated every few days on our website: https://acuwithoutborders.org/ukraine.
Please check for updates here periodically.
If you would like to help out here in the Netherlands, please contact
WhatsApp: 6 15 41 59 30
Marianne Ten Westenend
WhatsApp: 6 53 72 82 97
We thank you in advance for your support!