World Vision in partnership with the government of Uganda is implementing a Strengthening School –Community Accountability for Girls Education (SAGE) project under the DREAMS Innovation Challenge. The Determined, Resilient, Empowered, Aids-free, Mentored and Safe Women (DREAMS). The DREAMS Innovation Challenge is funded by the U.S. President ‘s Emergency Plan for Aids Relief (PEPFAR); Janssen Pharmaceutical NV (Janssen), Johnson and Johnson and ViiV Healthcare. This project runs from October 2016 -September 2018 and aims to develop Determined, Resilient, Empowered, Aids-free, Mentored and Safe Women.
The underlying principle of the SAGE-DREAMS project is that girls can attain their full potential when they are supported to remain and complete school. When girls remain and complete school, they reduce the risk of HIV infection. This is because they get more empowered to make informed decisions about their sexual lives. The SAGE DREAMS project will increase awareness on Human Immune Virus (HIV) prevention and engage the larger community in supporting girls to achieve their hopes and aspirations using an adolescent peer- led Early Warning System approach.
Adolescent girls in addition to the complex challenges contributing to school dropout, do not have the right set of supportive environment to stay in school. This has affected the level of retention for girls in schools and increased their vulnerability to HIV infection.
The SAGE-DREAMS project through the Early Warning system approach strives to provide an opportunity to deliberately track, identify and support girls to remain and complete school in order to decrease their chances of HIV infection.
Learn More About World Vision's SAGE-DREAMS Project: https://www.wvi.org/article/spotlight-adolescent-hiv-grant-programming-uganda-and-malawi