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WHAT IS DREAMS?

The DREAMS initiative is a PEPFAR-funded programme that uses a multi-sectoral approach to prevent HIV/AIDS among adolescent girls and young women (AGYW) and their male sex partners (MSPs).

In South Africa, HIV rates among AGYW ages 15-19 years old are eight times higher than among their male counterparts. Teen pregnancy and school dropout rates are also unacceptably high.
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DREAMS CORE PACKAGE

SERVICES TARGET

  • Adolescent Girls (10-19 years old)
  • Orphans and Vulnerable Children
  • Young Women (20-24) including Sex Workers
  • Male Sex Partners (20-49 years old)

GOALS AND INTERVENTIONS

Empower Girls and Young Women

Empower Girls and Young Women

HIV Testing Services (HTS) Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP)  Sexual Reproductive Health Rights (SRHR)  Social Assets Building
Strengthen Families

Strengthen Families

Parenting/Caregiver Programmes Social Protection: Material Support,  Educational Subsidies, Combination Socio-economic Approach
Mobilise Communities

Mobilise Communities

School-based HIV and Violence Prevention Community Mobilisation and Norms Change
Decrease Risk in Sex Partners

Decrease Risk in Sex Partners

Targeted HTS for Male Partners Condom Promotion and Distribution
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HIV TRENDS IN EKURHULENI

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DREAMS FOOTPRINT IN EKURHULENI

Although DREAMS focuses on HIV prevention for adolescent girls and young women, services are also available to community members, parents and caregivers, and male sex partners.

39 Clinics

  • HIV Testing Services
  • Post-Violence Care
  • Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights
*All data provided by the South African National AIDS Council (SANAC).
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61,000 Girls and Young Women reached with the DREAMS core package in Ekurhuleni

More than 12,000 AGYW (10-24) learned of their HIV status through community- based testing services.

More than 400 AGYW received at least the minimum package of Post-Violence Care Services.

Nearly 19,500 adolescent girls (10-19) participated in school- based HIV prevention and/or social assets building programmes.

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Over 15,000 AGYW accessed SRHR Services including contraceptive methods mix.

Almost 14,500 adolescent girls received material support or educational subsidies including provision of school uniforms, dignity packs containing toiletries, and  assistance obtaining personal identification documents.

Over 400 AGYW completed ASPIRES, a financial capability programme that equips participants with the skills in saving, employability, and entrepreneurship.

Over 300 community members in Ekurhuleni have successfully completed the SASA! programme, which equips communities to tackle gender inequality and gender-based violence. These community members include ward councillors, community leaders, community health workers, and parents/caregivers.

3,000 Community members reached with Norms Change, Community Mobilisation, and Parenting programmes

More than 2,300 community members were trained in Stepping Stones, which focuses on communication and relationship skills in the context of HIV, between genders and across generations.

Nearly 500 parents and caregivers completed “Let’s Talk”, a programme that helps parents and teens build healthy relationships with one another and openly discuss sensitive topics (e.g. HIV, sex, peer pressure).

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