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[Perspectives] Beyond precision: embracing the politics of global health numbers

“If you cannot measure it, you cannot manage it.” If you attended a global health conference in the past decade, you probably heard a version of this truism at some point. Since the seminal work in 1987 that led to the Global Burden of Disease (GBD) Study, a lot of energy and resources have been spent on getting the global health numbers right. Precision in measurement is perceived as a necessity for the global health agenda.