Adolescent pregnancy remains a leading cause of death and disability for girls aged 15-19, and is a major contributing factor to poor school attendance and completion (Guttmacher, 2016). Similarly, an inability for girls to manage menstruation in hygienic and dignified ways, or to access quality and affordable sanitary products contributes to poor health and social outcomes, including school absenteeism (Sommer et al, 2016). In developing countries – including in Asia Pacific – these issues are compounded.
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