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HPRT has consistently worked to bridge the gap between clinical services and policy.  Through these efforts, HPRT has illustrated that both the quality and availability of clinical services, and, the soundness of health and mental health policy impact prospects for recovery of traumatized populations, peace and reconciliation.

  1. In December 2004, HPRT convened Project 1 Billion. This was a historic meeting of 35 Ministers of Health from post-conflict countries. The Ministers agreed to place mental health on their national health agenda.  Concrete actions included:
    1. Development of a National Global Mental Health Action Plan to attend to the health and mental health needs of persons and communities affected by mass violence.
    2. Dissemination of the Book of Best Practices in Global Mental Health.
    3. Investment in global mental health capacity building for health and mental health practitioners and policy-makers working at the local level.
  2. On July 1, 2009, HPRT completed a comprehensive national mental health policy using the Global Mental Health Action Plan for the Liberian government.
  3. HPRT was the first mental health program to be assigned a Joint Lab with the Istituto Superiore di Sanita (ISS), the NIH of Italy.   The Joint Lab is an agreement between the US Department of State and the Italian government (2008-2010) to deal with capacity building in global mental health.