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 […]
How information recasts a problem into a local innovative solution In Ethiopia’s West Azernet Berbere woreda of the Silte zone, health workers were puzzled. A mother, who had faithfully shown up at one of the woreda’s health centers for all her antenatal care (ANC), missed her delivery appointment and instead, gave birth at home. The […]
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 […]
Meseret Gezahegn, 41, is a mother of two. She lives in Adama Town, in the Oromia Region of Ethiopia with her two children and her husband. Meseret is HIV positive. “My biggest dream in life is to help my children grow healthy.” Meseret gave birth to her youngest child seven years ago. That is when […]
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.
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.
Every weekend, outreach workers from Afya Mzuri, an NGO in Zambia, are out in their communities to lead HIV prevention sessions as part of the DREAMS Innovation Challenge (DREAMS-IC) ‘Insaka’ program, which is funded by PEPFAR and managed by JSI. In the cultural traditions of the Bemba and other Zambian groups, an ‘Insaka’ is a […]
Kenya is home to the fourth largest HIV epidemic in the world. In 2016, new infections among young women (ages 15-24) were 44% higher than among young men, with poverty and gender inequality driving the epidemic. The African Centre for Women, Information and Communications Technology (ACWICT), based in Nairobi, provides young women with vocational training […]