Bridging the Gaps

Bridging the Gaps

Partnership

Bridging the Gaps – an alliance of nine international organisations and networks and more than 80 local and regional organisations in 15 countries – concluded activities in December 2020, after ten years of programming. From 2011 until 2020, we made significant contributions towards ending the AIDS epidemic among sex workers, people who use drugs and LGBT people around the world. The programme worked towards a society where key populations are empowered, their human rights are respected and they have access to quality services tailored to their needs.

Partnership details

Time frame
31 December 2015 - 30 December 2020
Budget
€ 49,985,000
Active in
Botswana, Georgia, Indonesia, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Mozambique, Myanmar (Burma), Nepal, South Africa, Tajikistan, Uganda, Ukraine, Vietnam, Zimbabwe

Objectives

The Bridging the Gaps approach:

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 were firmly in the driver’s seat of the Bridging the Gaps programme at all levels, from governance to implementation.

Linking 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.

Linking 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 addressed the common challenges faced by sex workers, LGBT people and PWUD in accessing HIV prevention, treatment, care and support.

Linking 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.

Community groups

Bridging the Gaps (2011-2020) was an SRHR and HIV programme that worked with the following key population groups: sex workers, people who use drugs, and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

Background

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. The Bridging the Gaps programme worked to increase access to essential HIV services for key populations, and strengthen 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.

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.

10 years of the Bridging the Gaps Alliance

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. On this page, the 9 Bridging the Gaps Alliance partners share key results and learnings that represent the ‘heritage’ of the alliance.

10 year of Bridging the Gaps

Independent End Evaluation: Key findings from Bridging the Gaps'

Bridging the Gaps has demonstrated how effective community led responses can address gaps in service provision and enable people from key population communities to access quality, tailored health services. Bridging the Gaps’ advocacy work has strengthened the voice and influence of people from key populations in decision making spaces.

The Results So Far

Goals

Everyone living with HIV worldwide receives treatment
45%
Contributed within this partnership
< 200,000 new HIV infections globally
45%
Contributed within this partnership
Awareness, support in society, and full funding of the AIDS and STI response
10%
Contributed within this partnership

Partners

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