Kosovo was the pilot program for the Center’s innovative use of mind-body medicine with population-wide healing.
Over four years beginning in 1998, with support from the British Department for International Development, foundations and generous individual donors, Center faculty trained more than 600 Kosovar clinicians and educators.
The Center’s model became one of the pillars of Kosovo’s post-war nationwide community mental health system, where it is now available to the entire population of 2 million people. Afrim Blyta, MD, PhD, and Jusuf Ulaj, MD are Country Co-Directors of this landmark program.
The first randomized controlled trial (RCT) of any intervention with war-traumatized children and the first RCT of a successful, comprehensive mind-body approach with any traumatized population was published in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry in 2008, showing highly significant and lasting changes in symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).