Adolescent Health, HIV, International Health

Visualizing the Impact of the DREAMS Innovation Challenge 

Led by the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), DREAMS is a public-private partnership to reduce HIV infections among adolescent girls and young women (AGYW) in sub-Saharan Africa. Through the DREAMS Innovation Challenge, managed by JSI Research & Training Institute, Inc., PEPFAR funded 46 grantees to implement programs across six focus areas. The […]

Community Health, Family Planning & Reproductive Health, International Health

Family Planning Awareness Activities Give Egyptian Youth the Leading Role

Fatma Osman is a 22-year-old who is studying French at Aswan University in Egypt. She grew up in Aswan with her parents and a younger sister. When she was a child, Fatma noticed that her family was different from those of her friends who had many siblings. Their parents were more stressed financially and emotionally […]

Adolescent Health, HIV, International Health, Maternal, Newborn & Child Health

Aspiring to become a nurse: DREAMS Innovation Challenge empowers dropouts to return to high school in Zambia

Unable to pay for school fees, Rachel had to drop out of school at the age of 16. Rachel’s former teacher, Mrs. Naluca, knew about her situation and encouraged her to enroll in Hope Worldwide Zambia’s ASPIRE program which is part of the DREAMS Innovation Challenge, funded by PEPFAR and managed by JSI. ASPIRE offers after-school clubs for adolescent girls and young women ages 10-24 who have left school before completing their education, or who are in school but are at high risk of dropping out.

HIV, International Health

“They can be what they want to be”: Inspiring girls with disabilities to stay in school, thrive, and protect themselves from HIV

People with disabilities are often at higher risk of exposure to HIV. In South Africa, the DREAMS Innovation Challenge, which is funded by PEPFAR and managed by JSI, supports the Community Media Trust’s innovative use of peer support to reduce HIV vulnerability and risk among adolescent girls with disabilities and encourage them to stay in school.