6th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center

Emerging Lessons from the DREAMS Innovation Challenge

There will be a webcast of this event

Event Co-sponsors

World Vision, Inc. 

Despite considerable progress in the global response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic, last year 360,000 adolescent girls and young women were newly infected with HIV globally. AIDS remains the leading cause of death among women of reproductive age in sub-Saharan Africa, where three-quarters of new infections are among girls ages 15-19. DREAMS, a global public-private partnership led by the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), is committed to reducing new HIV infections among adolescent girls and young women in sub-Saharan African countries. The partnership was created to address the structural drivers that increase girls’ HIV risk, including poverty, gender inequality, sexual violence, and lack of education.

Join the Wilson Center’s Maternal Health Initiative and World Vision, Inc. for a discussion on emerging lessons, best practices, and preliminary findings from the DREAMS Innovation Challenge, which empowered 46 grantees in 10 countries to implement innovative solutions to reduce HIV infections in sub-Saharan Africa among adolescent girls and young women, funded by PEPFAR and managed by JSI Research & Training Institute, Inc.



  • Angeli Achrekar

    Principal Deputy Coordinator, Acting, Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator and Health Diplomacy, U.S. Department of State
  • Rebecca Acio

    Adolescent Girl Ambassador, SAGE-DREAMS Project, World Vision, Uganda


  • Folami Harris

    Project Director, DREAMS Innovation Challenge Program, JSI Research & Training Institute, Inc.


  • Rita Laura Lulua

    Project Director, SAGE-DREAMS Project, World Vision Uganda
  • Jane Meyers

    Founder and President, Lubuto Library Partners
  • Judy Mwangi

    Senior Program Manager, East Africa, DREAMS Innovation Challenge Funds Manager, JSI Research & Training Institute, Inc.
  • Sheila Omolo

    DREAMS, Bridge to Employment Beneficiary, Kenya