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Data and Power: Keynote address to UNAIDS PCB49

Keynote address to Thematic session of 49th UNAIDS Programme Coordinating Board, 10 December 2021

Thank you moderator, and also for the important work your team and UNAIDS does to strengthen data in the HIV response. It’s an honor to be asked by civil society and communities to join this important discussion on Human Rights Day.

I’d like to take this moment to reflect on the big picture. The hard truth is that funding for HIV is diminishing, and we urgently need data to make hard decisions. Who lives, who dies, increasingly depends on data.

But health data is not neutral: it is shaped by power and inequalities. 

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