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 28,000 adolescent girls and young women ages 10-24 in six districts within three provinces. Our program design has a ‘family friendly’ focus: we reach girls in- and out-of-school, pregnant girls, and /or girls who are postpartum or breastfeeding—and we work to ensure that the whole family benefits. Key interventions include promotion of and participation of girls in school and community clubs and girls’ sporting events with information linked to on-site GBV outreach services and HIV prevention, care and treatment service providers. Our trained community facilitators and mentors lead Girls Empowerment Clubs and Youth Economic Strengthening Clubs that serve as a platform to deliver essential information and links to services.
In addition, caregivers are 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 is being strengthened to follow up on the most vulnerable girls and families with home visits and improved coordination of HIV continuum of care services.