I have been rather preoccupied with finishing my mini dissertation. Yet I want to take time to reflect not so much on the pains for finishing the referencing of this massive document, but just on what the adolescent fellowship means.
As the time to my presentation approaches, I think realized what I should highlight. Adolescence is a time for identity formation and exploration, with young people achieving amazing feats, pushing the boundaries of what even adults believe is possible. Unfortunately it is also a time of health risk, not least because of sexual debut in the context of high prevalence of sexually transmitted diseases. This is why the IAVI fellowship is important – we aim to add to a field that will protect the youth from years of life lost due to sickness, especially HIV.