Adolescent girls and young women account for 71 percent of new HIV infections among young people in sub-Saharan Africa. They are more vulnerable to HIV because they are often subjected to a range of gender and age based biases, discrimination and violence, including sexual assault, forced marriage and trafficking. Despite growing HIV-related responses, they and their communities most often do not have the capacity, voice and power to hold these service providers accountable for improved delivery of quality HIV-related services.
Recognizing this urgent need, DREAMS, an ambitious $385 million partnership, has invested $85 million to support innovative solutions from 56 organizations. IDLO was selected as a winner of the DREAMS Innovation Challenge to infuse new thinking and approaches.
IDLO’s project focuses on the legal and social drivers affecting adolescent girls and young women and their communities’ ability to keep HIV service providers accountable in Tanzania (districts of Kahama and Shinyanga) and Uganda (districts of Gomba and Mukono). With an innovative blend of legal empowerment and social accountability strategies at national, regional and local levels, the project will target the drivers of accountability and gender inequality upon which challenges continue to thrive.