Bridging the Gaps: South Africa

Bridging the Gaps: South Africa


Bridging the Gaps is alliance of nine international organisations and networks and more than 80 local and regional organisations, working towards the end of the AIDS epidemic among key populations.

Supported by global and regional level work, Bridging the Gaps works with over 80 partner organisations in 15 countries in three regions:
• Sub-Sahara Africa: Botswana, Kenya, Mozambique, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zimbabwe.
• South East Asia: Indonesia, Myanmar, Nepal, Vietnam.
• Eastern Europe and Central Asia: Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Ukraine.

In South Africa, the programme works with, and for the health and human rights of, sex workers, LGBT people and people who use drugs, including those living with HIV.

Program details

Time frame
01 January 2016 - 31 December 2020
€ 4,242,248
Active in
South Africa

Cape Town, Johannesburg, Durban

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Bridging the Gaps partners in South Africa work towards ending AIDS among key populations through (1) a strengthened civil society that holds government to account; (2) increased fulfilment of human rights of key populations; and (3) increased SRHR and fewer infections.

Community groups

Sex workers, people of who use drugs and LGBT people


South Africa has the largest HIV epidemic in the world. In 2014, an estimated 6.8 million people were living with HIV, with a national HIV prevalence rate of 18.9% among the adult population. Efforts have been largely financed by South Africa’s own domestic resources ($1 billion annually), but the gap between available and required funding for HIV, STIs and TB is expected to grow. South Africa‘s HIV epidemic is generalised, but key populations are particularly at a higher risk for HIV transmission. Despite South Africa's strong constitutional protections for human rights and its relative success in providing basic services, the government continues to struggle to meet the demands in social, health and economic rights. Access to healthcare remains limited due to stigma and discrimination among service providers, weak and overburdened health systems, services that are not tailored to the needs, and inability to reach underserved key populations. Another major challenge is the high unemployment rates among key populations, criminalisation of drug use and sex work, and current laws and policies that do not yet reflect the rights and needs of intersex and transgender people.

Projects within this programme

Bridging the Gaps Sex Work South Africa SWEAT

HIV hits sex workers hard and disproportionately and it remains difficult for th...

Bridging the Gaps: South Africa

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