The DREAMS Community Outreach Project
This is a community based project which the Durban Child and Youth Care Centre offers in partnership with the NACCW (National Association of Child Care Workers), PEPFAR (President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief) and various other stakeholders. The project aims to reduce HIV infections among adolescent girls and young women in 10 sub-Saharan African countries. The goal of DREAMS is to help girls develop into Determined, Resilient, Empowered, AIDS-free, Mentored, and Safe women.
DREAMS is about multiple solutions surrounding one problem. DREAMS delivers a core package that combines evidence-based approaches that go beyond the health sector, addressing the structural drivers that directly and indirectly increase girls’ HIV risk, including poverty, gender inequality, sexual violence, and a lack of education. Many adolescent girls and young women lack a full range of opportunities and are too often devalued because of gender bias, leading them to be seen as unworthy of investment or protection. Social isolation, economic disadvantage, discriminatory cultural norms, orphan-hood, gender-based violence, and school drop-out all contribute to girls’ vulnerability to HIV.
DREAMS has the potential change how we work together to ensure an AIDS-free future for adolescent girls and young women.