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Lessons in Innovation for Reducing Adolescent’s Vulnerability to HIV – DREAMS Innovation Challenge Technical Brief


The HIV field has been characterized by efforts to break through barriers to epidemic control —from innovations generated by networks of people living with HIV, to biomedical HIV-prevention tools such as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC). With adolescent girls and young women (AGYW) as the new face of HIV in sub-Saharan Africa, the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) launched the Determined, Resilient, Empowered, AIDS-free, Mentored, and Safe (DREAMS) Partnership to focus resources and attention on HIV-prevention options for this vulnerable group. DREAMS private-sector partners (Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Gilead Sciences, Girl Effect, Johnson & Johnson, and ViiV Healthcare) further stimulated multi-sectoral approaches to mitigate inequitable social and gender norms, gender-based violence, and poverty, all of which exacerbate AGYW vulnerability. DREAMS Innovation Challenge, JSI 2019.

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