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Transitions into puberty and access to sexual and reproductive health information in two humanitarian settings: a cross-sectional survey of very young adolescents from Somalia and Myanmar

the Women’s Refugee Commission and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, funded by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and in partnership with three implementing agencies, International Medical Corps in Ethiopia, Save the Children in Lebanon, and Adolescent Reproductive Health Network in Thailand, explored the SRH needs and risks of refugee and migrant VYA through qualitative and quantitative research. This paper presents findings from a quantitative household survey with VYA implemented among displaced populations from Somalia (in Ethiopia) and Myanmar (in Thailand). We describe transitions into puberty (including pubertal status, reactions to pubertal changes, and menstrual hygiene access) among VYA in these two humanitarian settings, as well as whether and how they have access to SRH information related to body changes and pregnancy.