Project SOAR is conducting implementation science research in Malawi to build needed evidence to inform decisionmaking about effective programming to reduce HIV risk among adolescent girls and young women (AGYW) and their male partners. Specifically, SOAR is: examining approaches to identify the most at-risk girls, particularly those out of school, and enroll and retain them in DREAMS programming; assessing HIV-risk and health-seeking behaviors before and after AGYW’s engagement in DREAMS interventions; exploring how to reach AGYW’s male sexual partners and increase their uptake of HIV services; and assessing facilitators and barriers to HIV service uptake by men living with HIV. Findings from this study, and similar ones in Kenya and Zambia, will be valuable for the US President’s Plan for Emergency AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) program implementation in Malawi and the region, and globally, given the increased attention by the international AIDS community to fostering an AIDS-free generation.
Project SOAR. 2017. "Reducing HIV risk among adolescent girls and young women, and their partners through the DREAMS Partnership in Malawi," Activity brief. Washington, DC: Population Council.
Supporting Operational AIDS Research (Project SOAR); Reducing HIV Risk among Adolescent Girls and Young Women: Implementation Science around the DREAMS Initiative