Jane Ferguson is currently employed by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine as the Director, Healthy Adolescents and Young Adults (HAYA), based at the Africa Health Research Institute, Mtubatuba, South Africa. HAYA, funded through the ViiV Healthcare Positive Action (PA) for Adolescents programme, aims to undertake world class research, contribute to capacity development, and combine AHRI’s expertise and resources with those of others to improve the health of adolescents locally, regionally and globally. This follows thirty years employment at WHO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, developing the Organization’s strategic approaches and capacity in the field of adolescent health.
Over those years, the work involved the development of evidence, guidelines and tools for the formulation, implementation, adaptation and revision of national and international public health policies, strategies and operational plans related to adolescent health, with a particular emphasis on HIV prevention and adolescent sexual and reproductive health. This was accomplished through developing strategic partnerships within the UN, governments, NGOs and with research and funding organizations, advocating for comprehensive and inter-sectoral attention to adolescent health and development.