DREAMS Initiative: FP/HIV Integration a ‘Win-Win’ for Young Women?
*Recommended Audience: Introductory/Undergraduate Students, Young Professionals/Graduate Students, and Mid-Level Professionals
Research indicates that for many adolescent girls and young women (AGYW) pregnancy prevention may be a more immediate concern than HIV, and therefore reproductive health and family planning programs can provide a platform to reach AGYW with HIV services. Provision of adolescent friendly sexual and reproductive health services is part of the core package under DREAMS, as similar socio-cultural factors increase AGYW risk of both HIV and early/unintended pregnancy.
This session will explore lessons learned to date under the DREAMS program on how HIV prevention programs can capitalize on young women’s desires to avoid unwanted pregnancy, and how integrated programming approaches can improve both FP and HIV outcomes. Program data from DREAMS countries will demonstrate successful integration efforts, and areas for improvement.
Speakers: Meghan Mattingly, USAID; Nithya Mani, USAID; Cate Lane, USAID