DREAMS Core: Mozambique
DREAMS is an ambitious partnership to reduce HIV infections among adolescent girls and young women in 10 sub-Saharan African countries, to help girls develop into Determined, Resilient, Empowered, AIDS-free, Mentored, and Safe women.
In Mozambique, Bantwana’s DREAMS program targets a total of 27,000 adolescent girls and young women ages 10-24 in three provinces, including girls in and out of school, pregnant girls, and /or girls who are in post-partum or breastfeeding. Key interventions include sexual reproductive health radio listening programs, school and community girls clubs, and sporting events with information linked to on-site GBV outreach services and HIV prevention, care and treatment service providers.
In addition, caregivers will be encouraged to participate in savings groups to increase their economic resilience and help keep girls in school, as well as parenting groups to overcome communication barriers on discussing sexuality and sexual health risks with their children. Throughout this model, a case management referral system will be strengthened to follow up on the most vulnerable girls and families with home visits and improved coordination of services.