DREAMS is committed to achieving a 40 percent reduction in HIV infection among adolescent girls and young women in the highest-burden areas of 10 sub-Saharan African countries by the end of 2017. Traditional health sector interventions are not enough to substantially change the status quo. To support this goal, the Challenge is investing $85 million for innovative solutions that further DREAMS' commitment to reducing HIV among the most vulnerable to infection. The Challenge aims to infuse new thinking and high-impact approaches to meet the urgent, complex needs of girls and women in the DREAMS countries to give them the opportunity to develop into Determined, Resilient, Empowered, AIDS-Free, Mentored, and Safe women.
The DREAMS Partnership is excited to announce 56 winners selected to implement innovative solutions in DREAMS districts, across all 10 DREAMS countries and six Challenge Focus Areas. DREAMS selected winners from more than 800 ideas, more than half submitted by new partners and small, community-based organizations. Thank you to all who submitted Expressions of Interest and Applications to the Challenge. Click the Focus Area icons below to see the list of the winners and learn about some of the most promising solutions in each Focus Area.
The 10 DREAMS countries account for nearly half of all the new HIV infections among adolescent girls and young women globally in 2014. This must change. The DREAMS Partnership is delivering a Core Package of evidence-informed 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 lack of education.
The DREAMS Partnership announced 56 Challenge winners at the International AIDS Conference in Durban, South Africa. The winners proposed new approaches yet to be applied to the six Challenge Focus Areas or implemented in the 10 DREAMS countries, offer sustainable solutions that may be scaled or replicated in on one or more of the DREAMS countries to lead to long-lasting change, and demonstrate readiness for rapid implementation within two years.
Challenge winners will implement their innovative solutions in the DREAMS districts over the next two years. Note that awards are conditional on winners meeting terms and conditions of U.S. government funding or the respective DREAMS private sector partner. Thank you to all who submitted applications to the Challenge! We look forward to future opportunities to engage the DREAMS community of solvers. Follow PEPFAR on social media for future updates on DREAMS and other opportunities.