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Bridging the Gaps works towards a world where sex workers, people who use drugs and LGBT people can enjoy their human rights and access quality HIV prevention, treatment and care.

We link human rights and health

The human rights of sex workers, people who use drugs and LGBT people are violated in many countries around the world. Due to stigmatisation and discrimination, they have limited access to HIV and other essential health services. That is why they are disproportionately affected by HIV and AIDS. Bridging the Gaps advocates for the realisation of key populations’ human rights and their access to quality health services.

We link key populations

The barriers in accessing HIV and other health services are often the same for different key populations – as are several of the solutions. Bridging the Gaps facilitates the sharing of strategies, best practices and advocacy tools amongst sex workers, people who use drugs and LGBT people around the world. We also test joint solutions with our regional and country partners.

We link key populations

The barriers in accessing HIV and other health services are often the same for different key populations – as are several of the solutions. Bridging the Gaps facilitates the sharing of strategies, best practices and advocacy tools amongst sex workers, people who use drugs and LGBT people around the world. We also test joint solutions with our regional and country partners.

We link community work to global advocacy

Global-level policies and instruments can support local-level advocates in holding their governments accountable. They are helpful in pushing for accessible and welcoming HIV and other health services for key populations and protecting their human rights. At the same time, in-country experiences are used for evidence-based advocacy at the global level. By linking local advocates to global processes, Bridging the Gaps works towards change on multiple levels.

Stories of change

2019 | ISHTAR: from grassroots organisation to sub-regional capacity development hub

When alliance partner MPact began its Bridging the Gaps partnerships in Kenya in 2012 and started to collaborate with Ishtar, Ishtar was a 3-staff grassroots organisation. They began in 1997 as a group of community members and male sex workers…

Blogs from the field

This Is How We Do It! Kick-Off Meeting Young Wild and… Free? Community Based Participatory Research

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In March, young community researchers from Kenya, Russia, South Africa and Vietnam gathered in Amsterdam for a three day three-day training organised by Mainline. The purpose of the training was to prepare the community researchers…

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