Girls and young women account for 74 percent of new HIV infections among adolescents in sub-Saharan Africa. For the first time, the latest PEPFAR data show significant declines in new HIV diagnoses among adolescent girls and young women. In the 10 African countries implementing PEPFAR’s pioneering DREAMS initiative, the majority of the highest HIV-burden communities or districts achieved a 25–40 percent or greater decline in new HIV diagnoses among young women.
In this episode, you will hear from Folami Harris, project director of JSI’s DREAMS Innovation Challenge Program. She talks to JSI Director of Communications, Penelope Riseborough, about the importance of focusing unique resources and attention to girls and why this subject is important to her.
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Credits: Music by Scott Buckley