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June Global Health Readings

http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lanpsy/article/PIIS2215-0366%2816%2930024-4/abstract?
Important trial attempting to quantify the economic benefits of mental health therapy. As ever, the best way to attract attention from the powers that be is to show benefit from the bank. Their model demonstrates robust return on investment with a very conservative estimate of benefit; unfortunately, the overall climate is relatively hostile to new global health investments at the moment.

http://m.voanews.com/a/india-trances-of-polio-found-in-water-sample/3376705.html
Foreshadowing our trip later this year, a concern for polio in Hyderabad (though evidently a vaccine-derived strain, ergo less concerning). The approach of screening sewage is always an interesting one (another trial used that as a way to estimate the amount of illegal drug use in the populace).

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-refugees-un-idUSKCN0Z60BN
UNHCR reporting on the number of refugees, and noting that the number has increased markedly over the last 5 years (heavily driven by Syria).

http://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2016/jun/14/poor-nutrition-now-affects-a-third-of-the-human-race-global-nutrition-report
And this WHO nutrition report summarizes some key findings of the impact of malnutrition (both under and overnutrition). In keeping with the last several years, obesity and its ills are starting to outweigh the diseases from a lack of calories or specific nutrients.

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