JSI

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 […]

Community Health, International Health

Together We are Capable: The Road to Universal Health Coverage in Madagascar

Like many nations, Madagascar is prioritizing universal health coverage (UHC) by working to provide the population with access to quality health services and to reduce the cost of care. While progress has been slow so far, consistent health gains from programs working at the lowest level of the health system are the key to Madagascar […]