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Using Sports to Promote Healthier Behaviors Among Adolescent Girls

Kiambu County:  The needs of adolescent girls and young women (AGYW) are diverse and unique as their personal stories, and all of them are successfully served through the DREAMS program.

LVCT Health implements DREAMS – a flagship PEPFAR program designed to empower vulnerable AGYW between the ages of 10 and 24 years to be Determined, Resilient, Empowered, AIDS-free, Mentored and Safe. 

In November 2023, LVCT Health, through its Dhibiti Project, hosted a sports day to raise awareness about HIV and Sexual reproductive health issues among the youth in Kiambu County, one of the seven project focus counties.

The sports day featured a diverse range of activities, showcasing the participants’ athletic prowess and team spirit.

From the thunderous kicks on the football pitch to the swift sprints on the track field, the day was a celebration of athleticism and strong and healthy bonds that the program has created among the young people vulnerable to HIV infection in the region.

Participants were awarded trophies and certificates for their exemplary achievements in the respective sports categories. Speakers at the event urged the young people to embrace healthier sexual behaviors as a step towards living HIV-free lives.

Beyond the sports, the DREAMS initiative provides educational interventions that encourage AGYW to stay in school or return to school, including vocational skills training and economic strengthening interventions for those who are eligible as part of building their financial literacy, entrepreneurship and employability skills to address the complex economic drivers of AGYW risk for HIV, unwanted pregnancies and violence.

To date, LVCT Health has reached more than 150,000 AGYW with HIV prevention and sexual reproductive health interventions across the country’s supported counties.

Together, these interventions enable us to best serve the determined adolescent girls and young women who come through our doors, says Annrose Kibutha, DREAMS Project Coordinator.

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