GNP+ has joined an innovative participatory action research project hosted by the Global Health Centre at the Graduate Institute in Geneva. The project brings together researchers, human rights lawyers and civil society activists to look at how new technologies and artificial intelligence (AI) can be used to transform weak health systems in low-resource settings.
While these new technologies have the potential to improve programmes and service delivery, they also threaten to undermine privacy, equality and autonomy. The risks are greatest for young people and marginalised groups, such as people living with HIV, migrants, women and girls, and key populations vulnerable to HIV and tuberculosis – who are rarely able to influence the policy decisions that shape what data is gathered about them, by whom, and how that data is used or managed.
Through this project, research will take place in Kenya, Ghana and Viet Nam to look at the use of mobile apps to address HIV, TB, COVID-19 and sexual and reproductive health, in particular how human rights concerns are addressed and whether youth and civil society are involved in decision-making around the use of these digital tools.
Together with our project partners, Kenya Ethical and Legal Issues Network on HIV & AIDS (KELIN), STOPAIDS and the Centre for Sustainable Healthcare Education, we will develop policy recommendations grounded in human rights principles and the evidence from this research. At the same time, we will work to empower youth activist networks with the knowledge, connections and opportunities needed to raise the recommendations in national and decision making spaces.