Welcome to the e-discussion on Rights-based and ethical use of digital technologies in HIV and health programmes.
The use and scale up of digital health technologies can revolutionize how people worldwide access services to protect their health and well-being. Digital health and improved health data provide opportunities to accelerate progress towards achieving the health-related targets of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and building resilient systems for health.
At the same time, digital technologies can also drive us apart and fuel inequality and health inequities. There are risks of a ‘digital divide’ for some populations in some settings, particularly for the poor and most marginalized. Data privacy protection is crucial in a world where more health data is being generated – and potentially commodified – every day.
In its 2018 Supplement, the Global Commission on HIV and the Law – convened by UNDP on behalf of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS - highlighted potential risks including violation of the right to privacy and confidentiality of health records and personal health-related information; unjustified access and use of health-related information by law enforcement or private entities; and discriminatory surveillance and profiling.
It is important to promote legal and policy frameworks that guarantee innovation and access to medicines and other health products while adhering to international human rights principles and high ethical standards.
We need your unique insights and perspectives for guidance we are developing in this area.
The target audience is practitioners in the field of HIV, health, digital health, health policy, digital transformation, digital rights including academic institutions and implementers of national HIV and health programmes.
The contributions from this e-discussion will inform the Guidance for national stakeholders on rights-based and ethical use of digital technologies in HIV-related programmes. This Guidance will support the work of UNDP and the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS, as well as the on-going work in 90 countries to advance the recommendations of the Global Commission on HIV and the Law
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