Elona Toska (MSc, DPhil) is an adolescent health researcher at the AIDS and Society Research Unit, University of Cape Town, South Africa. She co-leads the quantitative component of the Mzantsi Wakho Adolescent Health study and the HEY BABY study on adolescent mothers and their children. Elona’s research interests include adolescent sexual and reproductive health, unplanned pregnancies, post-partum contraception, and understanding the social and structural factors which underlie HIV infection and poor sexual and reproductive health in adolescents and young people. She was born in Albania, but has spent most of her life practicing legal migration in the United Kingdom, United States, South East Asia, and since 2012, South Africa.
Elona works with an inspiring team of colleagues at the Universities of Oxford (UK), University College London (UK), University of Fort Hare (South Africa), and Curtin University (Australia), Paediatric Adolescent Treatment for Africa (PATA), UN agencies and governmental partners in South Africa and neighbouring countries. She can often be found facilitating energizers with young people or fellow researchers, usually with a 3-year old in tow.