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Project aims to reduce HIV infections among adolescent girls and young women.

The US Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Kenya selected American International Health Alliance (AIHA), in late 2015, as an implementing partner of the DREAMS Initiative in Kenya. The DREAMS project, working under AIHA, 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, mentors and safe women.

Girls and young women account for 74 percent of new HIV infections among adolescents in sub-Saharan Africa. In 2015, the 10 DREAMS countries of Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe accounts for more than half of all new HIV infections that occurred among adolescent girls and young women globally.

DREAMS deliverys a core package that combines evidence-based approaches that transcend the health sector, addressing the structural drivers that directly and indirectly increases a girl’s HIV risk, including poverty, gender inequality, sexual violence and a lack of education. An innovation challenge was launched to infuse additional resources and new approaches to better meet the urgent and complex needs of adolescent girls and young women in sub-Saharan Africa.

Long-time partners, Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB) General Secretariat, are supporting girls between the ages of 10 - 14 in the Nyanza Province counties of Siaya and Home Bay. Both counties have adult HIV prevalence rates around 15 percent, which makes the adolescent girls and young women in in the area some of the most vulnerable in the country.

AIHA and KCCB are implementing a multi-pronged, school-based intervention that focuses on the following areas:

  • HIV and gender-based violence prevention
  • Post-violence prevention and care
  • Parent/caregiver support
  • HIV testing and HIV counseling referrals
  • Educational subsidies
  • Social asset building

Both the Impact Research and Development Organization (IRDO) and International Medical Corps (IMC) are implementing CDC/Kenya-supported DREAMS projects targeting young women ages 15-24 in Siaya and Homme Bay.

To find out more about the American International Health Alliance, visit them here: www.aiha.com

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