Health Poverty Action
Health Poverty Action works to strengthen poor and marginalized people in their struggle for health. We work particularly with indigenous and ethnic minority communities in Africa, Asia, and Latin America, providing a range of services: maternal health, sexual and reproductive health, addressing violence against women; food and nutrition; etc. We also campaign on the need to address the structural and social causes of poverty, inequality, and health injustice.
Priorities as a partner of the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data
Our main data-related concern regarding the SDGs is the paucity of health data that is disaggregated on the basis of ethnicity. We know that indigenous peoples and other ethnic communities experience worse health outcomes than the general populations of the countries in which they live. Given the centrality of the ‘Leave No One Behind’ agenda within the SDGs, it is crucial that effective action is taken to address these disparities.
The essential first step towards doing so is to collect, analyse and publish ethnically disaggregated data that reveals the scale and nature of the disadvantage experienced by ethnic groups. Only then will it be possible to develop and implement the measures needed to address the disparities; and to monitor progress in doing so.