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Working Together


For an AIDS-free future for girls and women

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Working Together


For an AIDS-free future for girls and women

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Helping girls develop into

Determined, Resilient, Empowered, AIDS-free, Mentored, and Safe women

DREAMS is an ambitious $385 million partnership to reduce HIV infections among adolescent girls and young women in 10 sub-Saharan African countries. Girls and young women account for 71 percent of new HIV infections among adolescents in sub-Saharan Africa. The 10 DREAMS countries account for nearly half of all the new HIV infections that occurred among adolescent girls and young women globally in 2014. 

This must change. 

The very progress we’ve made in HIV/AIDS over the last 20 years is at risk because of our lack of engagement with adolescent girls and young women.
— Ambassador Deborah L. Birx, M.D., U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator and Representative for Global Health Diplomacy

DREAMS is about multiple solutions surrounding one problem 

With support from the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), the Bill & Melinda Gates FoundationGirl Effect, Johnson & Johnson, Gilead Sciences, and ViiV Healthcare, 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 lack of education. 

 
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Our Work


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Our Work


THE CORE PACKAGE

DELIVERING EVIDENCE-INFORMED APPROACHES TO REDUCE HIV 

DREAMS currently implementing a Core Package of evidence-informed 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 lack of education.

Innovation Challenge

INFUSING NEW THINKING TO KEEP GIRLS & YOUNG WOMEN HIV-FREE

Traditional approaches are not enough to substantially change the status quo. The Challenge is investing in innovative, high-impact approaches to meet the urgent, complex needs of girls and young women in the 10 DREAMS countries to help reduce new HIV infections.

 

Photo Credits: VSO/Adriane Ohanesian and USAID Office of HIV/AIDS; USAID Southern Africa