Bantwana DREAMS at #AIDS2016!

Just announced by the DREAMS Partnership at the International Aids Conference in Durban, South Africa: World Education has been selected as a DREAMS Innovation Challenge winner!

Our solution was selected from more than 800 ideas to bring innovative, high-impact approaches to empower young women and adolescent girls in 10 Sub-Saharan African countries to live HIV-free. We’re excited to continue our role as a DREAMS implementer in Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Uganda, and Mozambique and a PEPFAR OVC implementing partner in Tanzania.

For this challenge, we will work to increase secondary school retention among pregnant girls and young mothers in Swaziland, Tanzania, and Zimbabwe. Keeping girls in secondary school dramatically reduces their vulnerability to HIV infection. Therefore, we will develop an early warning system to detect girls most at risk of dropout, address harmful norms, and link them to health services.

“While we have made considerable progress in the global response to HIV/AIDS, it remains the leading cause of death for adolescent girls in Africa, and girls account for 75% of all new HIV infections among adolescents. This must change.”   – Ambassador Deborah L. Birx

As a DREAMS Innovation Challenge winner, we will strive to help drive those changes! Congratulations to all the other winners, and thank you U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR); Janssen Pharmaceutica NV (Janssen), one of the Janssen pharmaceutical companies of Johnson & Johnson; and ViiV Healthcare!