HIVSA is proud to announce that it is one of the chosen DREAMS implementing partners; and will be working closely with the Department of Social Development and Community based organisations in the Johannesburg region to reduce HIV infections among adolescent girls.
DREAMS is an ambitious programme aimed to reduce HIV infections among adolescent girls and young women in 10 sub-Saharan African countries. The goal of DREAMS is to help girls develop into Determined, Resilient,Empowered, AIDS-free, Mentored, and Safe women. Girls and young women account for 71 percent of new HIV infections among adolescents in sub-Saharan Africa. The DREAMS initiative is about implementing multiple solutions surrounding one problem.
With support from the U.S President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Girl Effect, DREAMS is delivering a core package that combines evidence-based approaches that go beyond the health sector, addressing the structural drivers that directly and indirectly increase girls' HIV risk, including poverty, gender inequality, sexual violence, and a lack of education. The DREAMS initiative will provide a basket of services including social asset building, parenting and caregiver programmes, combination socio-economic and HIV prevention approaches, facilitating access to social grants and providing educational subsidies to girls and young women to ensure the completion of primary and secondary schooling.