DREAMS is an ambitious $385 million partnership between the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Girl Effect, Johnson & Johnson, Gilead Sciences, and ViiV Healthcare, who are all working together to achieve a 40% reduction in new HIV/AIDS infections among adolescent girls and young women in the highest burdened countries by the end of 2017.
In order to complement DREAMS, an Innovation Challenge was launched to build upon existing approaches to better meet the holistic needs of girls and women in Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.
Learn how the DREAMS Innovation Challenge
- Promoted their challenge globally through their network of partners
- Received twice the number of submissions than they were expecting
- Met all of their campaign goals and selected 56 new funding recipients
“IdeaScale’s user-friendly interface meant that we didn’t have to worry about supporting technical issues from applicants and could focus instead on on ensuring a smooth and meaningful process for both our applicants and reviewers. We found that the software worked well even in areas with historically low bandwidth.” –Neeta Bhandari, Public-Private Partnerships Specialist at U.S. Department of State, Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator