10:00—12:00 PM
Center for Global Development
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Fighting HIV by Empowering Adolescent Girls and Young Women: A Learning Event on PEPFAR’s DREAMS Partnership


Ambassador Deborah L. Birx, M.D., U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator and Special Representative for Global Health Diplomacy, U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (download presentation)

Patience Ndlovu, Director, World Education in Zimbabwe & Chief of Party, DREAMS (download presentation)

Sanyukta Mathur, Associate II and DREAMS Implementation Science Project Director, Population Council (download presentation)

Isolde Birdthistle, Assistant Professor, Epidemiology, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and Project Director, Impact Evaluation Studies, DREAMS (download presentation)

Chewe Luo, Chief of HIV/AIDS, Programme Division, United Nations Children's Fund

Julie Pulerwitz, Program Director, HIV and AIDS, Population Council

Jirair Ratevosian, Director of Government Affairs, Gilead Life Sciences


Amanda Glassman, Chief Operating Officer and Senior Fellow, Center for Global Development

Three years ago, the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) launched the DREAMS partnership, an ambitious and innovative effort to reduce HIV infection rates among adolescent girls and young women in ten sub-Saharan Africa countries, followed by support for DREAMS activities in five additional countries last year. This large-scale collaboration between PEPFAR, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Girl Effect, Johnson & Johnson, Gilead Sciences, and ViiV Healthcare aims to empower girls and women through rigorous, evidence-based methods that both improve healthcare services and address structural factors that contribute to HIV risk.

Center for Global Development and the Population Council are hosting a deep-dive discussion on lessons learned from DREAMS program operations on the ground and emerging results of research into this work, with a focus on implementation science and impact evaluation. Two expert panels will draw out the preliminary implications for future policy and programming around HIV and adolescent girls and young women.

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