The work of Bridging the Gaps between 2011-2015 has shown that rights-based approaches and services geared towards the needs of key populations result in health improvements and increased fulfilment of human rights. After a successful first phase (2011-2015) in which more than one million people in sixteen countries were reached with services – Bridging the Gaps has now entered a second phase (2016-2020).

Designing the new programme with and for key populations

Bridging the Gaps is committed to achieving universal access to prevention, treatment, care and support, as well as ensuring full human rights for key populations. Bridging the Gaps’ second phase – in close partnership with the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs – has been designed around a Theory of Change with the ultimate goal to end the AIDS epidemic among key populations. The theory of change identifies three interrelated long-term goals:

1. A strengthened civil society that holds governments to account
2. Increased fulfilment of the human rights of key populations
3. Improved SRHR and fewer HIV transmissions

The new phase began on 1 January 2016 with a six months preparation phase in which crucial in-country work continues.

Priorities during this preparation phase include:

  • Specifying the Theory of Change (ToC) in-country with potential partners and other relevant stakeholders.
  • Selecting partners and sign contracts in all sixteen countries.
  • Conducting context and risk analyses in all sixteen countries.
  • Conducting an organisational capacity scan of all selected country partners. Each country partner will discuss its strengths and areas for improvement.
  • Developing work plans and budgets for the total of 2016.
  • Developing a monitoring and evaluation (M&E) system.
  • Making next steps in developing a research agenda.
  • Continuing to invest in on-going activities that are linked to the three the long term goals, to ensure there will be no gaps in on-going activities, for example service provision, capacity building and advocacy and lobby activities.
  • Renewing our communication strategy and have a strong presence at international events including the Eastern Europe and Central Asia AIDS conference (EECAAC) in Moscow and the International AIDS Conference (IAC) in Durban.
  • Building strategic partnerships and alignments with organisations, academic institutions, international programmes that have an enabling position towards ours goals, such as UNAIDS, the Global Fund and the Beat the AIDS Epidemic programme.

We plan to implement the work in the following countries

Asia and the Pacific:
Indonesia, Vietnam, Nepal, Myanmar

Eastern Europe and Central Asia
Ukraine, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan

Sub-Sahara Africa
Kenya, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, Botswana, Uganda

Text by Lynn Werlich, Aidsfonds

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