Mainline - Projects for those whose needs are often overlooked

Mainline - Projects for those whose needs are often overlooked

The Bridging the Gaps programme has facilitated Alliance partner Mainline and its partners to design, implement and scale-up innovative projects for those whose needs are often overlooked or are hard to reach with regular harm reduction programmes. These include non-injecting people who use drugs, people who use stimulants and women who use drugs, as well as the spouses of people who use drugs. Read on this page an overview of Mainline'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 

Thanks to Bridging the Gaps, we were able to unite and improve the health and rights situation of people who use drugs around the globe. That is important and beautiful.


Think outside the box

The flexibility of funding from the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs helped Mainline ‘think outside the box’. By providing evidence of the effectiveness of their projects, Mainline and its partners have convinced other funders, including the Global Fund, PEPFAR and local governments, to take up and further expand these projects, ensuring sustainability and maximum reach.

Stronger links between advocacy messages

Despite everyone’s good intentions and efforts, Mainline did not manage to truly synchronise the groundwork for the three different key populations. As an Alliance, the partners acknowledged that on the level of service delivery, the three key populations have different needs and that joint work is best done around advocacy. Unfortunately, Mainline was not able to accomplish structuring this in all programme countries. Making stronger links between the advocacy messages of the different key populations and creating synergies would be a smart approach for a follow-up programme.

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.