October 29, 2012
I joined Richard and his PAAP volunteers on a trip to rural Uganda in 2009 and I have been following PAAP progress ever since. Working with PAAP was a truly wonderful experience. As an acupuncturist normally practising in the UK, it was for me a real eye-opener to be exposed to the kind of conditions and health problems commonly experienced in the developing world. We worked with nurses who had previously received two weeks of training from Richard, and were already treating patients with acupuncture and obtaining very impressive results. It was so encouraging to witness how quickly the trainees embraced this form of medicine and managed to master the techniques. Travelling and working in Uganda can be daunting and challenging at times, but it’s a huge advantage to have the support of Richard with his years of experience and knowledge of African culture and society. PAAP has helped thousands of people in Uganda, and for me it was a privilege and a delight to be part of it for a short time. It’s also a great way to see Africa, and I can honestly say that if I could, I would go on every PAAP trip.
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