Funding for this research was provided by:
World Bank Group
Received: 4 August 2016
Accepted: 25 May 2018
First Online: 8 June 2018
Ethics approval and consent to participate
: The National Ethics Committee for Health Research, Ministry of Health, Lao PDR approved the research protocol. Given low levels of literacy in Lao language in these communities, verbal consent was obtained from each participant prior to interviews with the approval of the National Ethics Committee for Health Research. Personal consent for those who were not yet married was also considered appropriate and was approved by the National Ethics Committee for Health Research, where the person had sufficient understanding to provide consent, had been counselled and did not wish to involve their parents in the consenting process. They also were informed and consented to the findings of the research, including extracts from the interviews, being used in any reports or publications emanating from the research.
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