Nairobi (Kenya) – Today the very first Learning Institute of Bridging the Gaps kicks off in Nairobi, Kenya. During this three-day-gathering 27 partner representatives from 12 countries will link and learn on community empowerment and meaningful involvement of key populations: Nothing about us without us!

Community empowerment at the core

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), HIV/AIDS programmes are more effective and sustainable when they are carried out by empowered key population communities compared to programmes where key populations are just mere recipients of the programmes. Therefore community empowerment is at the core of the Bridging the Gaps programme, and why key populations are in the driver’s seat during the Learning Institute.

Sharing knowledge and best practices

In the days to come representatives from sex workers, people who use drugs, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people will learn from each other through exchanging knowledge and best practices. This is done through a divers palette of meeting forms like panel discussions, workshops, round tables, group sessions, and site visits to two community-led clinics. At the end of the Learning Institute each participant will develop a ‘Plan of Action’ for their own organisation. In these plans participants will capture success stories from other key populations on community empowerment that can be copied to their own community to be transformed into organisational actions.

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If you want to find out more about the Learning Institute, follow the Facebook page of Bridging the Gaps, where each day we will share the most important lesson learnt.