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The health of indigenous and tribal peoples across the world: The Lancet–Lowitja Institute Global Collaboration

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The Lancet and the Lowitja Institute have collaborated on a study of the health and wellbeing of indigenous and tribal peoples around the world. The findings were published simultaneously in Melbourne and London in mid-April 2016 under the title Indigenous and tribal peoples’ health (The Lancet–Lowitja Institute Global Collaboration): a population study (Anderson et al, doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(16)00345-7).

In supporting this work, the Lowitja Institute extends its core purpose of valuing the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to the global indigenous family of which we are part, as well as our commitment to supporting local and international indigenous health and wellbeing networks.

The purpose of the research was to establish a clear picture of indigenous and tribal health relative to benchmark populations, without making comparisons between indigenous populations. It included data on 28 indigenous populations from 23 countries, covering about half the world’s indigenous peoples.

The research team was particularly keen to ensure that this study looked beyond populations where indigenous data systems are better developed — such as Canada, the United States, New Zealand and Australia, for example — to truly discuss and describe problems from…