BRIDGING THE GAPS: HEALTH & RIGHTS FOR KEY POPULATIONS

Countries: GeorgiaKyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Ukraine || Duration: 2011-2015 || Donor: Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs || Budget: 8,592,779

‘Bridging the Gaps’ Project

‘Bridging the Gaps’ is an international programme that works towards a world where there is no hostility against homosexuality, where a drug user can access clean needles without risking arrest and where a sex worker does not need to fear any violence from clients nor from the police. The programme covers projects in 16 countries. As an alliance of five Dutch-based organisations, four global key population networks and more than 60 local partner organisations, ‘Bridging the Gaps’ is the biggest programme of its kind that works with and for the health and rights of key populations.

In Eastern Europe and Central Asia AFEW International is implementing ‘Bridging the Gaps’ program activities in the following countries:

GEORGIA:

the project addresses barriers faced by the community of people who use drugs (PWUD) related to their sexual and reproductive health and rights. Our work is targeted towards PWUD activists and community initiatives being able to influence the government through an established mechanism; a supportive policy environment exists with the political will to change legislation and to meaningfully involve civil society and PWUD; and service delivery done by NGOs is financed by the government and international donors.

KYRGYZSTAN:

the project attracts attention to the barriers related to sexual and reproductive health and rights that PWUD community is facing. Driven by community leaders, we work to achieve a more supportive drug policy; a strong PWUD community that is respected by society and the government; and increased access to high-quality services for female PWUD and young PWUD.

TAJIKISTAN:

the project addresses barriers faced by the PWUD community related to their sexual and reproductive health and rights. Driven by community champions, we work to realize integrated and structured systems of services for PWUD financed by the government; increased access to justice; humanisation of the Criminal Law; NGOs have access to prisons and increased access to services and treatment for PWUD (male, female, young, migrant and in prison). In Bridging the Gaps 1 Tajikistan focused on females PWUD (wives and spouses of PWUD, female PWUD and female prisoners on release.)

UKRAINE:

the project works with the barriers faced by the PWUD community related to their sexual and reproductive health and rights. We are aimed at realizing strong collaboration with civil society; meaningful involvement in coordination council; transforming qualified specialists into activists; increased awareness, motivation and skills of PWUD to demand human rights; decriminalization of drug use; and access to high quality health services and comprehensive packages of services for young and adolescent PWUD.

VIDEOS

PARTNERS’ MEETING HIGHLIGHTS, SEPTEMBER 2015, TBILISI (GEORGIA)

FILM ABOUT YOUTH CENTRE “COMPASS” IN KHARKIV

USING DRUGS, REDUCING RISKS – HOW E-LEARNING WORKS IN TAJIKISTAN