Bridging the Gaps: Tajikistan

Bridging the Gaps: Tajikistan


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 Tajikistan, the programme works with, and for the health and human rights of, LGBT people and people who use drugs, including those living with HIV.

Program details

Time frame
01 January 2016 - 31 December 2020
€ 2,990,540
Active in

Khatlon, Dushanbe, Khudjand

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Bridging the Gaps partners in Tajikistan 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

LGBT people and people who use drugs


Tajikistan is among the countries where HIV prevalence has increased by more than 25% over the last 10 years, though it still manages to keep the epidemic in a concentrated stage (less than 1% of the general population). Tajikistan is at the early stage of an HIV/AIDS epidemic, with an estimated 16,000 people living with HIV at the end of 2015. Although the proportion of new HIV cases diagnosed among PWID seems to have fallen dramatically over time (down to 22.4% in 2015), PWID still bear a disproportionate number of HIV infections. HIV prevalence in prison increased and varied from 6.2% in 2005 to 8.3% in 2015. Most of the prisoners are PWUD. Data suggests that less then half of total MSM is being reached by HIV prevention programmes. Tajikistan suffers from corruption, low capacity of local agencies to analyse newly introduced reformed and programmes and there is insufficient government budget for health and preventive medicines. LGBT people also face poverty and high levels of unemployment.


Everyone living with HIV worldwide receives treatment
Contributed within this program
< 200,000 new HIV infections globally
Contributed within this program

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