Adolescent Health, HIV, International Health

Using Cultural Traditions in Innovative Ways to Break the Cycle of HIV Transmission

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 […]

HIV, International Health

Empowering Young Women in Kenya to be Economically Independent and HIV-Free

Kenya is home to the fourth largest HIV epidemic in the world.[1] 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.[2] The African Centre for Women, Information and Communications Technology (ACWICT), based in Nairobi, provides young women with vocational training […]

Applied Research & Evaluation, Family Planning & Reproductive Health, International Health

Applying Behavioral Economics to Reduce Contraceptive Discontinuation in Ethiopia

Learnings from a Stratified-Pair, Cluster-Randomized Field Study In Ethiopia, the national family planning program has made significant strides in providing access to services in the country. The contraceptive prevalence rate (CPR) jumped in the last two decades. This increase in CPR has mainly been a result of a sharp increase in the use of injectable […]

Health Communication, HIV & Infectious Disease, US Health

HIV is Inevitable: A Black Gay/Queer Discussion

To commemorate World AIDS Day, the JSI Atlanta office opened its doors to He Is Valuable, Inc., a local community-based organization for “Chit, Chat, and Chew: World AIDS Day Edition.” Chit, Chat, & Chew (CCC) is an open forum for conversation and engagement to increase the social capital of the black, gay/queer community and the overall health […]

Family Planning & Reproductive Health, International Health

Support for Menstrual Hygiene Helps Girls Stay in School and Reduce Their Risk of HIV Infection

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.