The Determined, Resilient, Empowered, AIDS-free, Mentored and Safe girls and women (DREAMS) programme is being implemented in six priority, high HIV burden districts of Zimbabwe. Selection of these six districts was informed by relevant data including Zimbabwe Demographic Health Surveys, Zimbabwe National HIV and AIDS Strategic Plan (ZNASP II 2011 – 2015) PEPFAR COP and Zimbabwe Health Strategy, 2009-2016. The DREAMS supported districts are Bulawayo, Chipinge, Gweru, Mazowe, Makoni and Mutare. The programme started in October 2015 and is running up to September 2018.
With support from the United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), the DREAMS initiative is focussed on reducing new HIV infections amongst adolescent girls and young women (AGYW). The AGYW ages 15-24 and a sub-population of vulnerable girls ages 10-14, are receiving a comprehensive ‘layered’ package of services including HIV/GBV prevention, HIV Testing and Counselling Services, Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) for ages above 18 years, access to family planning, social protection, economic strengthening, parenting and other services to reduce HIV incidence. Empowering adolescent girls and young women to protect their health and well-being is a key HIV prevention revitalization ingredient critical to achieving an AIDS-free generation. Below is a the conceptual framework of the DREAMS programme;
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