DREAMS Core: Uganda
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.
Under the DREAMS program in Uganda, Bantwana equips adolescent girls and young women with an integrated package of life skills (HIV prevention, adolescent reproductive and sexual health, child protection) and economic strengthening interventions. Through Girls’ First Clubs, DREAMS interventions will build the social assets of adolescent girls so that they can protect themselves from HIV and abuse while building their financial literacy, entrepreneurship skills and market-linked career guidance skills.
Caregivers and girls are supported to enroll in savings groups that build household economic resiliency. Additionally, parenting groups for caregivers and teens strengthen intergenerational communication and build on positive parenting practices to help caregivers and adolescent discuss sensitive topics like reproductive health and HIV prevention. Para-social workers who are trained in community case management will help to ensure that girls and caregivers are linked to critical services.