Bridging the Gaps: Tanzania

Bridging the Gaps: Tanzania

Program

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 Tanzania, 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
31 December 2015 - 30 October 2020
Budget
€ 1,630,066
Active in
Tanzania

Dar Es Salaam

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Objectives

Bridging the Gaps partners in Tanzania 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 who use drugs and LGBT people

Background

While HIV prevalence among the general population has decreased in Tanzania, available data suggest it has increased among key populations, including men who have sex with men (MSM), sex workers, and people who inject drugs (PWID) . HIV prevalence rates among key populations are estimated as high. It is estimated that HIV prevalence among people who inject drugs (PWID) is at 16%. HIV prevalence among men who have sex with men (MSM) is estimated at 22.2% and for female sex workers this is as high as 31.4% in Dar es Salaam. Nation-wide numbers are not available. There are many data gaps in Tanzania, for example there is no data on access to services for key populations and HIV prevalence among LGBT people, transgender and male sex workers are not available. Human rights violations against key populations are not systematically documented. All key populations are considered to be criminals under Tanzanian law. Due to criminalization, key populations often live in isolation and their human rights are often violated by state actors, such as police and healthcare staff. There is wide stigma and discrimination in society.

HIV prevalence among female sex workers female sex workers this is as high as 31.4% in Dar es Salaam. Sex work is widespread, but illegal. Stigma and discrimination create significant barriers for sex workers to seek and receive health services. Sex workers report being raped by police, teachers and religious and political leaders, some of whom also made derogatory public pronouncements about sex workers.

Goals

< 200,000 new HIV infections globally
50%
Contributed within this program
Everyone living with HIV worldwide receives treatment
50%
Contributed within this program

Partners

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