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Bridging the Gaps2: 2016 - 2020

Indonesia, Kenya, Nepal, Pakistan, South Africa and Tanzania (new!)

The Bridging the Gaps programme is awarded a second phase of funding by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Bridging the Gaps 2 started in January 2016 and continues to 2020. The shared goals remain the same as the first programme: to improve the health and rights of people who use drugs, sex workers and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people.

Bridging the Gaps 2
Mainline is part of the drug user project within the overarching programme. We will continue to work in Indonesia, Kenya, Nepal, South Africa and Tanzania (new!)

During a transition phase of 6 months we determine where our focus should be in these countries and which partners we will work with. We base our decisions on baseline studies in each country. These studies specifically take national processes into account and provide an overview of gaps in the availability of harm reduction services.

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Bridging the Gaps 1 (2012 - 2015)
and the countries we work in!


We work on three main objectives:

1. A strengthened civil society that holds governments to account

2. Increased fulfillment of human rights of key populations

3. Improved SRHR services and fewer HIV transmissions


Improving the overall quality of life of people who use drugs

The main focus of Mainlines work is always to make quality harm reduction services available to people who use drugs. These services are a range of the interventions as promoted by the WHO.

But Mainlines understanding of harm reduction is much broader. We always work towards a continuum of care for drug users. With our programmes we intend to improve the overall quality of life of people who use drugs. This includes all work that improves the human rights of drug users. In the previous BtG programme, we developed 10 points that guide all our work.


Mainline builds capacity by targeting four areas:

  • Harm reduction and programming
  • Networking and advocacy
  • Organisational structures
  • Finance


Innovation is an important and specific goal in the coming years. Mainline joins forces with long-time partner Nai Zindagi in Pakistan to explicitly work on innovative interventions. Their work will become an important driver for programming in the other Bridging the Gap2 countries.

More information about our in-country work and Mainlines work within Bridging the Gaps will be available soon.

Our current projects


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Bridging the Gaps2: 2016 - 2020

Indonesia, Kenya, Nepal, Pakistan, South Africa and Tanzania (new!)

The Bridging the Gaps programme is awarded a second phase of funding by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Bridging the Gaps 2 started in January 2016 and continues to 2020. The shared goals remain the same as the first programme: to improve the health and rights of people who use drugs, sex workers and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people.

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Nepal

Nepal has a long history of drug use. Cannabis is sanctioned for use on certain religious occasions. The use of smoked opium has been quite common in the country. But drug use only began to be seen as a problem in the country in the mid-1960s and early 1970s with the influx of travelling hippies from Europe and the US.

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Georgia

Transition management in Georgia: everyone deserves a second chance!

Everyone deserves a second chance in life. But how can you best support people who were just released from prison? What does quality support look like where it comes to the rehabilitation and resocialisation of inmates, former inmates and probationers? And what level of additional support does a person who uses drugs need in this process? A new project in Georgia intends to set the standard.

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Indonesia

Mainline has a long, positive track record in Indonesia. We’ve invested in direct service delivery for drug users in East Kalimantan for many years. In 2015, we started to collaborate and support three very promising new partners in West Java.

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South Africa

The main drugs of choice in South Africa are alcohol, cannabis, heroin and methamphetamine. Methamphetamine is locally known as tik. Most heroin is smoked mixed with cannabis, a popular mix called whoonga, cocktail or nyope. Heroin injection, however, has been increasing in recent years. 

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Pakistan

Since 2006 Mainline has been working in Pakistan with its local partner Nai Zindagi. The cooperation is aimed at improving a continuum of care for HIV-infected drug users and former drug users in Islamabad. In Pakistan drug users are often cast out of society. Nai Zindagi makes every effort to offer these people a safe environment and a future.

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Kenya

Kenya (population 45 million) is an East-African country on the Indian Ocean that borders Somalia, Tanzania, Uganda, South-Sudan and Ethiopia.

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Tanzania

Harm reduction in Tanzania: a delicate balance Under the Bridging the Gaps 2 programme, Mainline aspires to support harm reduction services in Tanzania. To fully understand the opportunities, needs and socio-political circumstances, Mainline organised two scoping visits in 2016. The situation for people who use drugs in the United Republic of Tanzania is delicate.

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The Netherlands

Tina and Slamming in a sexual setting

Mainline, together with SOA Aids Nederland, presented: 'Tina and Slamming'. This report addresses the use of methamphetamine (crystal meth or tina) and slamming (intravenous use) as a route of administration, by men who have sex with men (MSM), in a sexual setting - also known as chemsex.

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Our finished projects

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Bridging the Gaps1: 2011 - 2015

Indonesia, Kenya, Nepal, Pakistan, South Africa and Tanzania (BtG2)

In the context of the Bridging the Gaps program, Mainline works with local partners in five countries to improve the health and human rights of drug users.

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Georgia

Back to Society

Over two years ago, a new government came to power in Georgia. Many prisoners were then released at a rapid pace. They were not well prepared for their release and encountered problems with reintegration. Among these persons were many who use drugs.

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The Netherlands & Belgium

Prevention of GHB overdose

In the Netherlands and Belgium, the number of young people frequently using gamma-hydroxybutyric acid (GHB) has been rising. GHB is used in nightlife. It is estimated that in the Netherlands alone there is a group of 22,000 people who use GHB daily and who have developed a strong physical dependence on GHB.

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Georgia

Hepatitis C care for PUD

From 2014 till 2015 Mainline, together with its local partner Tanadgoma, implemented a series of interventions around Hepatitis C (HCV). The aim of the project was to understand the gaps and barriers to enrolment in the care cascade of hepatitis C prevention and treatment from the community perspective.

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The Netherlands

Strong connections between use of drugs and unsafe sex work

On the initiative of Mainline, Prostitutie & Gezondheidscentrum 292 / Prostitution & Health Centre 292, P&G292 carried out a survey of male and transgender sex workers between November 2013 and February 2014 in close cooperation with the Public Health Service of Amsterdam (GGD).

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South Africa

Tikking the Boxes

Until 2014, Mainline worked on the project Tikking the Boxes in South Africa. Since January 2015, South Africa has been participating in the Bridging the Gaps programme.

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