January 23, 2017
World Education’s Bantwana Initiative is a proud partner of the DREAMS Initiative, working to reduce new HIV infections among adolescent girls and young women by 40 percent in ten sub-Saharan countries. In a new video from USAID Zimbabwe, learn more about DREAMS and the partnership’s commitment to an AIDS-free generation.
Bantwana empowers adolescent girls and young women to protect their health and well-being, continue their education, and gain critical life and employment skills. Learn more about our DREAMS programming in Zimbabwe.
In sub-Saharan Africa, girls and young women account for over 70 percent of new HIV infections among adolescents. DREAMS is an ambitious $385 million partnership to reduce HIV infections among adolescent girls and young women. The goal of DREAMS is to help girls develop into Determined, Resilient, Empowered, AIDS-free, Mentored, and Safe women.
Through the DREAMS Initiative, Bantwana is partnering with USAID, The U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), SAfAIDS, Population Services International, Africaid Zvandiri, UNICEF Zimbabwe, and FACT MUTARE to reduce new HIV infections and empower girls and women.
With support from the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Girl Effect, Johnson & Johnson, Gilead Sciences, and ViiV Healthcare, DREAMS is addressing a variety of factors that directly and indirectly increase girls’ HIV risk, including poverty, gender inequality, sexual violence, and a lack of education.