DREAMS initiative

Strengthening capacity to prevent HIV among adolescent girls and young women: Supporting DREAMS programming

The DREAMS (Determined, Resilient, Empowered, AIDS-free, Mentored, and Safe) Partnership aims to significantly reduce HIV infections among adolescent girls and young women (AGYW). DREAMS is groundbreaking in its commitment to deliver evidence-informed approaches that go beyond the health sector to address structural factors that fuel AGYW’s HIV risk, including poverty, gender inequality, sexual violence, social isolation, and lack of schooling.

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Study finds HIV care, diagnosis barriers for men fueling epidemic among young women

Young women who have sexual relationships with older men often are dealing with inequitable power dynamics, little capacity to negotiate safe sex or to refuse sex, and—therefore —a greater risk of acquiring HIV. In sub-Saharan Africa, adolescent girls and young women are disproportionately affected by HIV, which has led to a heightened emphasis on understanding the characteristics of their male sexual partners. It also points attention to the fact that men are less often reached with HIV testing, care, and continued treatment—the 90-90-90 HIV care cascade.

Author
Zahra Reynolds, MEASURE Evaluation
Source
Science Speaks

Webinar: What are the HIV risk profiles of adolescent girls and young women enrolled in DREAMS, and how can programs engage those most at risk?

Venue
Webinar

Join Project SOAR for a webinar featuring the latest evidence and insights from implementation science research in Malawi and capacity-strengthening activities with DREAMS implementing partners (IPs) in Botswana, Cote d’Ivoire, Haiti, Namibia, and Rwanda.

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Webinar: A characterization of male sexual partners of adolescent girls and young women in urban DREAMS districts in Mozambique

Venue
Webinar

Join MEASURE Evaluation on August 23, 2018, at 9:00am EDT for a webinar sharing the results of a study on the characteristics of male sexual partners of adolescent girls and young women (AGYW) in Mozambique. The webinar will be led by MEASURE Evaluation’s Jenifer Chapman, Nena do Nascimento, and Mahua Mandal.

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HER: HIV Epidemic Response

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Yes
Author
The Global Fund

The HER campaign is a collaborative platform for diverse partners to support adolescent girls and young women in countries with a high risk of HIV. Together with partners, the Global Fund has set a bold target to reduce the number of new HIV infections among adolescent girls and young women by 58 percent in 13 African countries over the next five years.

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Guidance for improving family planning/HIV integration service delivery for adolescent girls and young women

Is the resource available on the Internet?
Yes
Author
USAID ASSIST Project

PEPFAR-funded programs for vulnerable children and adolescents are assessed using the Site Improvement Monitoring System (SIMS) to ensure that programs are meeting minimum standards and providing quality services to vulnerable children and families. In the orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) domain, SIMS covers many core essential elements (CEE), including Family Planning/HIV Integration Service Delivery in Community Settings.

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U.S. Approaches to Preventing HIV in Adolescent Girls and Young Women: Lessons from Malawi

Venue
Washington, DC, USA

U.S. Approaches to Preventing HIV in Adolescent Girls and Young Women: Lessons from Malawi

Thursday, July 20, 2017, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

CSIS Headquarters

Featuring:

Ambassador Virginia E. Palmer, U.S. Ambassador to Malawi

Ambassador Deborah L. Birx, U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator and Special Representative for Global Health Diplomacy

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Breaking Barriers to HIV Prevention for Adolescent Girls and Young Women: A Field Report on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights in the U.S. DREAMS Partnership in South Africa and Kenya

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Yes
Author
Center for Health and Gender Equity (CHANGE)

The purpose of this report is to inform U.S. policymakers, donors, and advocates about the DREAMS Initiative (Determined, Resilient, Empowered, AIDS-free, Mentored, and Safe). The report also identifies some of the challenges and opportunities for successful HIV prevention for adolescent girls and young women, who are disproportionately affected by HIV in sub-Saharan Africa. The DREAMS initiative aims to reduce HIV infections among adolescent girls and young women in 10 sub-Saharan African countries.

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