Leadership and Innovation-Listening to and Learning From Young People in Burundi

J Adolesc Health. 2017 Feb;60(2S2):S7-S9. doi: 10.1016/j.jadohealth.2016.11.012.


This commentary describes young people's leadership from the perspective of a youth-led organization in the Link Up project in Burundi, Réseau National des Jeunes vivant avec le VIH. It describes processes that enable young people to guide, influence, deliver, and improve health service provision; the challenges faced by Réseau National des Jeunes vivant avec le VIH and how they are addressing these challenges.

Keywords: Adolescents; Burundi; HIV; Meaningful youth participation; Peer to peer; Sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR); Young people.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Burundi
  • Female
  • HIV Infections / psychology
  • Health Services Accessibility / standards*
  • Humans
  • Leadership*
  • Male
  • Mentoring
  • Program Development
  • Reproductive Health / education*
  • Reproductive Health Services / standards
  • Reproductive Rights / education*
  • Sexual Behavior / psychology