By Miriam Temin and Ruth Levine
This report shows that a girl who reaches adolescence typically begins it in good health. But a variety of health issues during her adolescent years will determine her future — and the wellbeing of her family for generations to come.
Will she speed or slow the spread of HIV/AIDS? How much will she be able to contribute to her family and community? As a teenage mother, will her body be mature enough to withstand childbirth – and will she be old enough to ensure her baby’s health? The authors contend that the health of girls is primarily shaped by social factors, not biological.
It is followed by an ambitious but feasible action agenda.