Last updated: 12 february, 2010 - 13:10 GMT

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Why lack of sanitary towels causes absenteeism in schools

In Kenya, a campaign has just been launched which is hoped will overcome the challenges of absenteeism amongst girls caused by lack of adequate sanitary ware during menstruation.

The problem particularly affects girls in poor and rural areas.

The key is re-usable sanitary towels as our correspondent Angela Ng'endo has been finding out.

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