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2016 Accomplishments: African PTSD Relief 

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10 January 2017

African PTSD Relief made great strides in 2016 and is poised to accomplish much more in the coming year, toward the goal of teaching Transcendental Meditation to millions of victims of trauma from at-risk communities across Africa.

Transcendental Meditation has been shown in peer-reviewed research studies to be a cost-effective, simple yet highly effective solution that brings significant, rapid relief from symptoms of PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). The technique is easy to learn and effortless to practice, and can be done in almost any setting.

Following are some of the organization's accomplishments in 2016, including raising awareness and increasing support for its work in Africa; and the publication in peer-reviewed journals, of related research showing reduced PTSD symptoms in US prison inmates who learned Transcendental Meditation:

∙ Transcendental Meditation teachers continued implementing initiatives of African PTSD Relief across Africa, including support for groups practicing TM in Kenya and Tanzania.

∙ A top-ranked African American media source, Afro, published an article explaining how PTSD is the cause of much of the conflict between African-Americans and police, and that the most effective and cost-effective approach should be taken both for cure and prevention. The article, written by Dr. David Leffler, Howard Levine, and David Shapiro, President of African PTSD Relief, points out that ''one well-documented protocol for reducing stress and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is the Transcendental Meditation technique.''

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∙ Norwich University professor of psychology Dr. Carole Bandy gave a poster presentation on ''Rapid Reduction of PTSD in South African Students using Transcendental Meditation practice,'' at the 28th annual convention of the Association for Psychological Sciences, held in May in Chicago.

∙ At the 32nd annual meeting of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies in Dallas in November, an international health organization invited African PTSD to collaborate on studying levels of traumatic stress in African nations.

∙ Dr. Keith Wallace, Dr. David Leffler, and David Shapiro published an article in Op-Ed News: ''Peace Through Meditation? An Unconventional Solution For the South Sudan Mess''.

∙ An article reviewing the benefits of TM for those suffering from PTSD was published in the Charleston Gazette-Mail (West Virginia): PTSD nonprofit promotes meditation for relief.

∙ A study by Dr. Sanford Nidich, director of the Center for Social and Emotional Health at Maharishi University of Management in Fairfield, Iowa, and colleagues was published in The Permanente Journal in October. The study found 47% reduction in symptoms of trauma—including anxiety, depression, and sleep problems, as well as a reduction in perceived stress, in prison inmates who practiced Transcendental Meditation, compared with non-meditating controls. Reuters, Medical News Today, Fox News, and many other news media featured the study's publication.

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∙ A new study by Dr Nidich has also been published this month in The Permanente Journal, which found significant reductions in trauma symptoms in female prison inmates who learned Transcendental Meditation.

∙ Several federal agencies in the US learned about the organization's next-generation PTSD relief strategy through presentations on evidence-based research on Transcendental Meditation organized by African PTSD Relief, and the possibility for large-scale relief efforts in Africa in the coming year. Presentations were attended by a large number of employees.

∙ African PTSD Relief made outreach efforts to many non-profit organizations, including those supporting relief efforts in Africa. The organization also regularly posts news of its progress on social media including Facebook®, Twitter, G+, and Pinterest.

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