DREAMS Ekurhuleni
Launched in South Africa in 2015, DREAMS is a project targeting adolescent girls and young women with the aim of reducing new HIV infections. DREAMS, which is part of the She Conquers Campaign, is an international programme with a presence in nine other sub-Saharan African countries. Its overall goal is to reduce new HIV infections in 15-24 year-old AGYW by 25% at the end of 2016 and 40% at the end of 2017. In addition to reducing HIV infections, Adolescent girls and young women remain the most vulnerable to new HIV infections, unplanned pregnancy and sexual violence. Girls ages 15-19 are up to 8 times, while young women ages 20-24 are 3 times more likely to be infected with HIV than their male peers. In SA approximately 2,000 are infected with HIV every week. That's 1 new infection every 5 minutes.
 
DREAMS also addresses other socio-economic factors which could increase the risk of new infections. These are contributory factors such as poverty, sexual violence, gender inequality, and lack of education. Aurum, in conjunction with other service providers within Ekurhuleni, developed interventions for vulnerable groups. Government stakeholders include the Department of Health (National and Provincial); the Department of Social Development; the Department of Basic Education and local government. The Aurum Institute as an Implementation and Technical Partner performs an over-arching role relating to the governance of the DREAMS project in Ekurhuleni, and to the leadership and coordination of the other implementing partners within the district.
DREAMS Ekurhuleni
 
DREAMS Ekurhuleni
DREAMS goes beyond the health sector to address the structural drivers that directly and indirectly increase girls’ HIV risk, including poverty, gender inequality, sexual violence and lack of education. That is why DREAMS makes use of multiple evidence-based interventions, such as post-violence care, parenting/caregiver programs, and facilitating access to cash transfers and education subsidies.
In South Africa, DREAMS is found in five districts: eThekwini, uMgungundlovu and uMkhanyakude in KwaZulu-Natal; and the City of Johannesburg and Ekurhuleni in Gauteng.