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 […]
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Through the DREAMS Innovation Challenge, which is funded by PEPFAR and managed by JSI, the Bar Hostess Empowerment & Support Programme is helping adolescent girls and young women in Kenya to protect themselves from HIV infection, including through pre-exposure prophylaxis.
As part of DREAMS Innovation Challenge, Brick by Brick Uganda launched a project to keep girls in secondary school. The project teaches girls to make reusable menstrual pads, renovates or builds clean and private washrooms to support menstrual hygiene at school, and trains teachers and students in sexual and reproductive health, including HIV prevention.
To provide women with additional choices and expand access to plan their families, Madagascar recently introduced DMPA-SC (marketed as Pfizer’s Sayana® Press), a new, lower-dose, easy-to-use injectable contraceptive.