Janet's latest report examines the lessons from the first five years of PEPFAR's DREAMS partnership and explores what the next five-year approach might be. The report analyzes the evolution and impact of DREAMS, including the factors that have contributed to success or have constituted barriers. It also discusses implications for U.S. policy, focused on what DREAMS must do to redress the disruptions and costly damage imposed by Covid-19, further drive down HIV infections, and increase the health and agency of girls and young women more broadly.
In a video released with the report, Janet addresses the devastating impact of the Covid-19 crisis on adolescent girls and young women. The crisis has exacerbated this population's risk of HIV and gender-based violence and undermined access to education, sexual and reproductive health, and economic empowerment. The video brings forward three powerful voices: Mrs. Monica Geingos, the First Lady of the Republic of Namibia; Dr. Natalia Kanem, executive director of UNFPA; and Vilepi Banda, a 17-year-old DREAMS ambassador in Lusaka, Zambia.