On May 7, 2019, DREAMS Innovation Challenge held their closing event, Empowering Africa’s Daughters: Lessons from the DREAMS Innovation Challenge. The occasion celebrated the transformative impact of this initiative on the lives of over 160,000 adolescent girls and young women across ten countries in sub-Saharan Africa.
The AIDSFree project, implemented by JSI and the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, designed a program to help pregnant girls, adolescent mothers overcome barriers to education and employment.
A lack of routine data to assess child health interventions has remained a stubborn obstacle to better care in Mozambique. MCSP’s introduction of a new child health registration book is changing that by ensuring the availability of quality child health data to support decision making.
According to Uganda’s Demographic and Health Survey (UDHS 2016), 1 in 16 Ugandan children do not live to reach their fifth birthday. Thanks to the USAID-funded Maternal and Child Survival Program, health facilities across the cadres are improving services to reduce referral and treatment costs for families by ensuring timely and correct classification and management of children under-five.
Through the ‘My Choice’ project, JSI has partnered with Indonesia’s National Population & Family Planning Board to reinvigorate family planning services to ensure that women across four provinces have consistent access to a variety of contraceptive options.
Through logistics data management, ownership and supervision, the Kogi State Logistics Management Coordinating Unit has set the bar in ensuring that the considerable investment into medicines and supplies for women and children will be channeled towards saving lives.
In two diverse regions of Burma the Maternal and Child Survival Program and Burma’s Ministry of Health are working together to improve the diagnosis and referral of communicable diseases in vulnerable communities and save children’s lives.
Every Saturday on the outskirts of the small town of Luwanga, Zambia, hundreds of women walk along a dusty road that is barely more than a path to the riverbank. About a year ago, a sign appeared at the side of the road informing people that a new form of contraception was available in town.
In Niger, where the Strengthening Partnerships, Results, and Innovations in Nutrition Globally (SPRING) project has worked to improve nutrition since 2015, MIYCN [maternal, infant, and young child nutrition] behaviors are influenced by cultural norms and practices, including polygamy and an emphasis on male decisionmaking.
An opportunity to close the gap and reach for better gender equity in pregnancy prevention?