Global Balance Foundation (GBF) is a non-profit association that develops healthcare resources for populations in need. By offering not only treatment but training in acupuncture and therapeutic massage, GBF brings low-cost solutions to people with little or no access to healthcare. GBF has no political or religious affiliations.
GBF works with communities on several levels:
Humanitarian Action – GBF provides acupuncture treatments free of charge to communities in need, in close collaboration with local health practitioners in host countries.
Social Action – The GBF team of volunteers use their health training to serve marginalized communities. GBF trains local health practitioners to ensure ongoing treatment and sustainable solutions.
Education – GBF’s programs help licensed acupuncture practitioners as well as acupuncture students develop new skills while sharing expertise with local health practitioners in host countries.
Science – GBF’s work contributes to ongoing research of acupuncture in varying geographies and social conditions with the aim of developing optimal protocols adapted to specific contexts.
Cultural Exchange – While GBF founders encourage acupuncturists to develop humanitarian work as part of their acupuncture practice, working in other countries provides unique opportunities for mutually-beneficial cultural exchange. This is why GBF provides a platform to enhance mutual learning between partner associations, bridging the local and the global through patient/caregiver and instructor/student relationships.