Over 55 000 sexually abused and underprivileged adolescent girls and young women in the Gweru district have benefitted from the Determined, Resilient, Empowered, AIDS-Free, Mentored and Safe (DREAMS) project, The Sun has revealed.
NAC national DREAMS project coordinator, Masimba Nyamucheta said under the initiative young women and adolescent girls are provided with a package of services that includes HIV testing, pre and post-exposure prophylaxis, family planning, pyscho-social, educational and economic assistance among others.
“In Gweru district the programme has benefited 55 233 girls who have been equipped with various skills and services to protect their health in a bid to achieve an Aids free generation,”
Nyamucheta said during a recent DREAMS feedback meeting in Chiwundura.
“The project which is implemented in six DREAMS districts that includes Gweru, Bulawayo, Chipinge, Makoni, Mazowe and Mutare has so far benefited over 350 000 adolescent girls and young women in these areas.”
He said since the programme was launched three years ago health seeking behaviours among adolescent girls and young women has improved. Masimba said PEPFAR provided $51 243 140 for the DREAMS initiative in Zimbabwe for a three year period from 2016 to 2019.
DREAMS is an ambitious partnership programme to reduce new HIV infections among adolescent girls and young women by 40 percent in 10 sub-Saharan countries, including Zimbabwe.
DREAMS which is in partnership with government and various organisations aimed at reducing HIV and Aids. The initiative is funded by USAID with support from the United States President’s Emergency.