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The uncounted: politics of data and visibility in global health

TitleThe uncounted: politics of data and visibility in global health
Publication TypeFolyóirat cikk
FolyóiratThe International Journal of Human Rights
AuthorsDavis, SLM

This article explores the political and economic factors that are
driving shifting data in the context of HIV. In order to measure
progress towards the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 3.3 on
health, global health agencies such as UNAIDS, the Global Fund to
Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria, and PEPFAR all rely on HIV data
routinely reported by countries. This data is not produced in a
political vacuum. Key populations vulnerable to HIV (men who
have sex with men, people who inject drugs, sex workers and
transgender people) are often hidden due to stigma and
criminalisation. However, the absence of this data creates a
paradox in which invisibility reinforces invisibility. Key population
size estimates are a central tool for planning and resourcing
national and global HIV programming, but these become hard to
obtain when key populations are hidden and political leaders
deny their existence. Pressure from health financing agencies is
changing these power dynamics in some countries. Key
populations who participate in these consultations question size
estimates, interrogate the politics of HIV data, and demand that
studies be more inclusive, ethical and attuned to their human
rights. In the fight against HIV, data a critical stake in the struggle.

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