Well-nourished girls are more likely to stay in school and succeed in their studies, giving them better job opportunities, increased lifetime earnings and greater agency.
Many factors can reduce the educational achievement and future wage-earning potential of adolescents, including:
- Anaemia in adolescent girls, due to their greater iron requirements
- Parasitic worm infections, made worse by inadequate access to clean water and sanitation
- School absences, due to a lack of support for best hygiene practices and menstrual hygiene management
The Government of Bangladesh has recently prioritized adolescent health and nutrition with a clear direction to provide iron-folic acid supplementation to adolescents. It is in the process of developing an operational guideline for implementation of the package of nutrition intervention for adolescents. However, no implementation plan has yet been put in place.