Dear colleagues and friends,
As the footsteps of 2015 recede and the bell welcoming 2016 start to ring, we bid farewell to the year past and welcome a promising New Year. On this special occasion, I would like to take this opportunity, on behalf of the World Federation of Acupuncture-moxibustion Society (WFAS), to extend New Year's greetings and best wishes to our medical fraternities around the world, to World Health Organization, China’s Ministry of Health, State Administration of TCM, China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences and many governments around the world that have sponsored and supported our development, as well as our committee members, working staff and so on.
2015 is the 5th anniversary since TCM Acupuncture has been listed into the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, As acupuncture-moxibustion of traditional Chinese medicine has been inscribed on the Representative lists of the world intangible cultural heritage, more people are aware of it and its understanding is deepening. With this background, we feel the meaning of our work and we think it is our indispensable duty to do the job well so as to spread and develop acupuncture into the world.
In the past 2015, under the leadership of WHO and the other health administrations, we have finished the working tasks successfully and made great achievements. The very first Lake Baikal International Traditional Medicine Symposium was hosted in Irkutsk, Russia, which enormously improved the academic exchanges in Acupuncture and traditional medicine between China and Russia. Leaded by WFAS, jointed by University of Technology Sydney, Italian Paracelsus Acupuncture Clinic, Hong Kong Baptist University and Changchun University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, the International Multi-centered Clinical Project on Acupuncture Treating Tennis-elbow was successfully accomplished. Meanwhile, the World Journal of Acupuncture was included by Chinese Science Citation Database (CSCD). The 5th anniversary of the success of “TCM Acupuncture” in Cultural Heritage was successfully hosted in Beijing. The International TCM Acupuncture Street-snap Competition has gained attentions from numerous photographers and acupuncturists, and the excellent work was exhibited in Toronto and the 30th anniversary of China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences (CACMS).
We have hosted the WFAS 2015 International Acupuncture Conference in Toronto, Canada, which will no doubt attract international attention, improve general awareness and knowledge to acupuncture and moxibustion, enhance our impact, and promote the international cooperation and development for our future work.
The past 2015 is full of unforgettable inspiring memories and the coming new 2016 is full of our expectations to the future. In this New Year, the WFAS is to continue our efforts in practicing the traditional medicine resolution discussed and passed on the 67th World Health Assembly and WHO Traditional Medicine Strategy 2014-2023, to further contribute to spreading and applying acupuncture worldwide, improving the legislation and education of acupuncture, developing the international standards of acupuncture, and enhancing the portion of acupuncture in health system in each country, so that acupuncture could better serve people worldwide.
Look into the New Year, we will continue our efforts, broaden our perspectives, be creative and bring WFAS a better future!
Finally, I wish you all the best in the New Year!
Prof. Liu Baoyan
President of WFAS