AFEW Intl - Improved access to services for young people who use drugs

AFEW Intl - Improved access to services for young people who use drugs

Bridging the Gaps Alliance partner AFEW International successfully worked on increasing access to health and psychosocial services for young people who use drugs in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. They did so by setting up peer support and family support initiatives, as well as developing a tool to register rights violations and report them to the ombudsman. Moreover, they managed to lower the age of parental consent and build the capacities of young people to become leaders. Besides, AFEW International adopted the Journey4Life from Dance4Life and included topics such as diversity. Read on this page an overview of AFEW's impact in the Bridging the Gaps Alliance. 


Bridging the Gaps, an alliance of 9 international organisations and networks, collaborated with over 80 partner organisations led by and working for sex workers, people who use drugs and LGBT people to strengthen civil society, advocate for their human rights and improve the provision of HIV services. Learn more about the Alliance's results and key learnings 

Awareness on the health of labour migrants

In the second phase of the Bridging the Gaps programme, AFEW coordinated regional activities between the countries in Central Asia, Ukraine, the Caucasus, and Russia. They, for example, raised awareness to key population members among labour migrants, specifically those who use drugs, in order to improve their health. This group has a high risk for HIV and other health issues, while at the same time, they often don’t have access to ART or testing in host countries.

The strong voice from communities of young people who belong to the key populations affected by HIV that speaks out to demand changes in policies for care and support is one of the key results of Bridging the Gaps. This strong voice will continue to shout.

AFEW International

More energy and funds are needed

However, the transition from Global Fund support to domestic funding doesn’t work well for key populations, and certainly not for labour migrants. For it to be sustained, the mobilisation of UN, governmental and non-governmental organisations to exchange information and utilise lessons learned to improve the health of labour migrants needs more energy, funds and motivation.

10 years of Bridging the Gaps Alliance coming to a close

After nearly ten years, our unique Bridging the Gaps alliance is coming to a close. Countless organisations, networks and people have relentlessly been working towards a world where sex workers, people who use drugs, LGBT people and people living with HIV can enjoy their human rights and access quality HIV prevention, treatment, care and support. uses cookies to offer the best website experience possible and to anonymously analyze website behaviour. More information.