Bridging the Gaps
Bridging the Gaps
Bridging the Gaps is alliance of nine international organisations and networks and more than 80 local and regional organisations in 15 countries in three regions, working towards the end of the AIDS epidemic among key populations. To get there we envision a society where sex workers, people and people who use drugs (PWUD) and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people, including those living with HIV, are empowered, their human rights are respected and they have access to quality services tailored to their needs.
How we work:
Key populations in the driver’s seat
The most effective HIV programming involves key populations in all levels of decision-making, as confirmed by the World Health Organization in its ‘Consolidated guidelines on HIV prevention, diagnosis, treatment and care for key populations’. This is why key population communities are in the driver’s seat of the Bridging the Gaps programme at all levels, from governance to implementation.
We link human rights and health
Drug use, sex work and non-conforming sexual orientation or gender identity are stigmatised and criminalised in many countries. As a result, HIV prevention, treatment, care and support services and other sexual and reproductive health services are less accessible for these key populations. This causes them to be disproportionally affected by HIV and AIDS compared to the general population.
We link key populations
Through the sharing of best practices, lessons learnt and advocacy tools, and the piloting of joint solutions with our regional and country partners, Bridging the Gaps works to overcome the common challenges faced by sex workers, LGBT people and PWUD in accessing HIV prevention, treatment, care and support.
We link in-country community level work with global advocacy
Global policy changes need to be fuelled from the ground up. Civil society organisations can only scale up advocacy initiatives and service provision when structural and policy barriers are addressed and removed.
Bridging the Gaps is an SRHR and HIV programme which works with the following key populations: sex workers, people who use drugs, and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.
Sex workers, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people and people who use drugs (PWUD) are significantly more vulnerable to HIV infection than the general population. More than 45% of new HIV infections occur among key populations, yet in most countries they have the least access to prevention, treatment and care. Bridging the Gaps increases access to essential HIV services for key populations, and strengthens their capacity to hold governments accountable while contributing to the full realisation of their human rights.
Sex workers , lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people and people who use drugs are typically 10 to 20 times more likely to become infected by HIV while only 8% have access to HIV services. The denial of human rights has a negative impact on their health.