The Council is helping DREAMS partners develop programs that give adolescent girls and young women the social and protective assets they need to thrive and stay safe from HIV.
In 2014, PEPFAR in partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Nike Foundation launched the Determined, Resilient, Empowered, AIDS-free, Mentored and Safe (DREAMS) initiative, a global commitment to address the various factors that increase girls’ risk for HIV infection and help keep them safe from HIV.
This commitment has ambitious targets to significantly reduce HIV incidence among adolescent girls and young women in some of the highest-burden areas in sub-Saharan Africa in a short amount of time. To achieve these targets, new approaches that address the political, social and cultural norms and practices that increase girls’ HIV risk are urgently needed.
Council researchers are sharing best practices and resources, providing mentorship, technical support and hands-on workshops to strengthen the capacity of partners involved in DREAMS to develop and implement new approaches to reach girls and young women at highest risk of HIV infection, link them with essential resources and empower them with the social and protective assets they need for a safe and healthy entry into adulthood.
The Council is providing partners with user-friendly tools to assist in this process. These tools can be found on our Tools and Resources for Girl-Centered Programming page.
The Council’s approach to adolescent girls programming has been proven to build girls' social and protective assets. It is hoped that by supporting partners in developing new approaches to programming, the Council will advance progress toward achieving the ambitious DREAMS targets of reducing HIV incidence among adolescent girls and young women in high-burden areas.