Determined, Resilient, Empowered, AIDS-free, Mentored and Safe (DREAMS)

Girls and young women account for 74 percent of new HIV infections among adolescents in sub-Saharan Africa.  Complex structural vulnerabilities including poverty, gender inequality, sexual violence and a lack of education increase their risk of contracting HIV.  Limited economic and social opportunities often result in risky sexual practices that lead to poor health, education, and social outcomes.

Through DREAMS, at-risk adolescent girls and young women aged 10-24 years can live determined, resilient, empowered, AIDS-free, mentored and safe lives in the toughest of environments. Safe-space peer meetings give adolescent girls and young women the opportunity to interact and learn ways of building their resilience, confidence and self-esteem. The goal for DREAMS is to reduce HIV infections by 40percent among this cohort.

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Monday, March 11, 2019 - 9:00am

Last updated: March 11, 2019