Sanitary facilities and adequate nutrition key factors in keeping girls in school

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A female school student in Somalia. © UNICEF Somalia/2015/Rich

Girls who do not have access to separate sanitary facilities or enough to eat are more likely to drop out of school, and in displaced communities, the problem is exacerbated.

That's according to Leila Pakkala, Regional Director for Eastern and Southern Africa at the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF).

She was speaking at a joint press briefing with the World Food Programme (WFP), on the situation in Kenya, South Sudan, Somalia and Ethiopia.

Ms Pakkala said UNICEF had opened 225 nutritional facilities in Somalia to help address the hunger crisis and treat acute malnutrition in children.

Following the briefing, Lucy Dean asked Ms Pakkala about the link between water quality, poverty and displacement and the way girls are impacted by this.

Duration: 2’57”

Duration: 2'57''

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