DREAMS Innovation Challenge

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 […]

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.

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 […]

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.