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December 2009

Homeless die and families without power as cold snap ravages Europe, Gaza Blog: Swine flu virus and “Anise” in Gaza Strip, Anti HIV gel shown not to work, “I learn from every single child that we care for”

Indias’s children vaccinated in last push against Polio

Dec 01, 2009 08:59 AM

A huge army of volunteers from Britain have been mobilised to help and in the final push to rid the world of Polio.

New HIV drug rules ‘challenge’ for poorest countries

Dec 01, 2009 09:01 AM

New guidelines, advising that people be given HIV drugs earlier and to breastfeeding mothers with the virus, will be “an enormous challenge” to the international community, says a British minister.

World Aids Day

Dec 01, 2009 02:15 PM

Too many children and young people are still needlessly infected HIV/Aids and receive little or no treatment, care and support, says a new report.

"I learn from every single child that we care for"

Dec 01, 2009 04:18 PM

Auxiliadora passionately carries out her job as a teacher at the 'Mi Dulce Hogar' community centre in Managua, Nicaragua. Through playing with children, the young mother has learned to raise her own daughter in a more lovingly way and to support the other parents in her neighbourhood.

Babies and mothers’ HIV care expansion in South Africa

Dec 02, 2009 05:09 PM

All HIV-positive babies in South Africa will be treated said the president of the country which has more people living with HIV than any other.

Explosion in Mogadishu injures two SOS Hospital doctors

Explosion in Mogadishu injures two SOS Hospital doctors

Dec 03, 2009 10:55 AM

An explosion at a graduation ceremony being held at a hotel in Mogadishu has injured many people including two doctors who work at the SOS Hospital in the city.

Philippines women turning rubbish into high fashion

Dec 03, 2009 02:31 PM

Women from Manila's shanty towns are working for a British-led charity is turning rubbish into sought after fashion items sold in high-end London shops.

View from a Trustee: A visit to SOS Children's Villages Morocco

View from a Trustee: A visit to SOS Children's Villages Morocco

Dec 04, 2009 12:05 PM

SOS UK Trustee David Stranack recalls his experiences of his recent visit to SOS Children projects in Morocco

Climate change: not enough cash to help poor countries cope

Dec 07, 2009 11:20 AM

A plan to help the world’s poorest countries cope with the impact of climate change will be thrust into the spotlight today at the start of the UN climate change conference in Copenhagen.

Will Uganda oil find help country’s poorest?

Dec 07, 2009 11:23 AM

Children from the poorest parts of Uganda could find work and millions of Ugandans could be helped out of poverty through the discovery of vast oil reserves.

Gaza Blog: The SOS medical center in Rafah

Dec 07, 2009 11:45 AM

Tens of patients come from the surrounding areas to visit the Doctors at the SOS Children’s Village clinic

A day in the life of an SOS mother

Dec 08, 2009 01:41 PM

SOS Children's Village Rustenburg mothers are well settled into the village with over 75 children safely ensconced in their care. Mums Portia, Bitsang and Matise share a snapshot view of a day in their lives.

Meningitis that killed Congo schoolchildren spreads

Dec 08, 2009 02:05 PM

The meningitis outbreak that claimed the lives of at least 17 children at a school in the Democratic Republic of Congo is spreading across the country.

Education helps Jordan’s child refugees

Dec 08, 2009 04:57 PM

Three years after fleeing Iraq with his five brothers and sisters, Omar is learning positive things at a school in the Jordanian capital, Amman.

Climate deal crucial for Africa food security

Dec 09, 2009 09:44 AM

For the one in six people going hungry around the world, a poor deal at the Copenhagen Climate Change summit would be the worst possible outcome, campaigners warn.

Climate change link to malnutrition

Dec 09, 2009 10:39 AM

Every minute, seven children starve to death because of a lack of treatment but climate change on could make this figure soar, the UN conference on climate change heard.

Homeless children in Yemen struggle to eat and learn

Dec 09, 2009 11:52 AM

More than half of children in Yemen show signs of stunted growth – a result of severe malnutrition according to the United Nations.

Mary's way to Chettikulam

Dec 09, 2009 12:04 PM

SOS Temporary Care Project in Chettikulum, Sri Lanka

Christmas Reflections

Christmas Reflections

Dec 09, 2009 12:25 PM

An appeal for Christmas to be Christmas

Children will die in Somalia crisis aid workers warn

Dec 11, 2009 09:27 AM

With no funding for next years food, water, sanitation, health and other vital needs war-torn, drought-ravaged Somalia is facing a humanitarian crisis.

Vaccine could save thousands of children in Africa

Dec 11, 2009 09:30 AM

Health experts in Africa are calling for all children to be vaccinated against a diarrhoeal disease that kills more than half a million children each year and puts millions more in hospital.

China birth policy blamed as needle removed from girl’s he

Dec 11, 2009 09:36 AM

Parents in China are so desperate to have a son, doctors believe relatives may tried to kill a baby girl by pushing a needle into her head. If she had died, her parents would then be able to try again for a baby boy, under the country’s tough one child per couple rule.

Dozens of children kidnapped in Philippines

Dec 11, 2009 10:45 AM

At least 75 people, mostly children were abducted yesterday when tribal gunmen raided a school in the volatile southern Philippines.

One in three Indians live below the poverty line

Dec 11, 2009 11:18 AM

Every third Indian is living below poverty line, says a new government study.

Aid on hold in Democratic Republic of Congo

Dec 11, 2009 01:44 PM

Aid agencies have put their work on hold in north-western Democratic Republic of Congo where raging ethnic violence has now driven 115,000 people from their homes.

China activist’s charge step back for rights

Dec 14, 2009 09:24 AM

Chinese lawyers have formally charged a democracy activist and former university professor with "inciting subversion," a year after he co-wrote a call for sweeping political change in China.

Britain’s £1.5 billion for world’s poorest countries

Dec 14, 2009 09:29 AM

The world’s poorest countries will get £1.5 billion pounds from Britain as its contribution to a “quick start” fund to help developing countries cope with climate change.

Anti HIV gel shown not to work

Dec 14, 2009 12:17 PM

An anti HIV ‘infection blocking’ gel modelled on KY jelly and designed to prevent infection with the Aids virus has proved ineffective in trials in Africa.

Babies rescued as Malaysian police smash child-selling ring

Dec 15, 2009 09:30 AM

Five babies were rescued by police who arrested 15 people believed to be part of a Malaysian baby-selling ring, headed by a doctor.

Climate talks halted as poor countries take on rich over emissions

Dec 15, 2009 09:33 AM

Talks at the United Nations climate summit were suddenly suspended when the world’s poorest countries complained that rich nations are abandoning the pact that has steered climate policy for more than a decade.

Poverty forces Iraqi refugees into child labour

Dec 15, 2009 01:43 PM

Child labour is widespread and on the rise among Iraqi refugees living in Syria, the government has said.

Putting back the pieces five years after tsunami

Dec 15, 2009 02:36 PM

Nearly five years after the Indian Ocean tsunami killed more than 230,000 people and destroyed entire communities, hundreds of thousands of families have been rehoused, life has returned to normal and communities are more prepared for future disasters.

Santa's mailbox

Dec 16, 2009 11:50 AM

This year, Santa's mailbox included these two letters from children living in SOS Children's Village Monrovia, in Liberia.

Love, decorations, and Christmas carols

Dec 16, 2009 11:58 AM

Love, decorations, and Christmas carols

Malaria funds boost saves African children

Dec 16, 2009 01:48 PM

Children in Africa are seeing the pay-off from more money for the battle against malaria, but prevention and treatment must be increased to try to halt the killer disease, says a new report.

Education week flies the flag for girls in Sierra Leone

Dec 16, 2009 01:50 PM

In Sierra Leone, one of the world’s poorest nations in the world, more than half the people live below the poverty line and education is not a top priority, especially for girls.

Gaza Blog: Swine flu virus and “Anise” in Gaza Strip

Dec 16, 2009 02:21 PM

Gaza Blog: Swine Flu

Last minute Christmas sponsorships

Last minute Christmas sponsorships

Dec 17, 2009 01:45 PM

Help for those still wanting to give child sponsorships as a Christmas present

Life five years after the big wave

Dec 17, 2009 03:15 PM

The village of Gampong Cot on the south coast of the Indonesian province of Aceh was almost completely destroyed by the tsunami on 26 December 2004. Before the disaster, over 600 people lived in the village. Now there are only about 350 inhabitants and many of them are newcomers. More than 75 % of the original population died in the flooding. Ibu Sarjani and her little daughter Putri are among the few survivors.

Help that works, time that heals - five years after the Tsunami

Dec 17, 2009 03:30 PM

Five years after the tsunami, it's time to take stock of the work carried out by SOS Children's Villages

Families flee Philippines volcano risk

Dec 17, 2009 04:32 PM

Thousands of families in the Philippines have been evacuated after scientists warned a major eruption of a volatile volcano could be just weeks away.

Snow in Suffolk weather

Snow in Suffolk weather

Dec 18, 2009 10:40 PM

Some reflections on Suffolk snow and the Copenhagen summit

Food aid withheld ahead of Ethiopia election say aid agencies

Dec 21, 2009 02:49 PM

Aid workers in Ethiopia are looking into how international aid is delivered after claims by opposition political parties that their members were being denied food before the elections in May.

Guinea massacre 'crime against humanity'

Dec 22, 2009 08:23 AM

The massacre of opposition supporters by Guinea troops amounts to "crimes against humanity,” says a leaked report by the United Nations.

Homeless die and families without power as cold snap ravages Europe

Dec 22, 2009 11:50 AM

Dozens of people have frozen to death as arctic temperatures lashed large parts of Europe.

Transat A.T. Inc. announces new partnership with SOS Children’s Villages

Dec 22, 2009 12:01 PM

In December 2009, SOS Children’s Villages was named Transat A.T. Inc’s principal humanitarian partner internationally for three years. Together, SOS and Transat will work to create safe homes and bright futures for the world’s orphaned and abandoned children.

Rising poverty forces more Ivory Coast children to work

Dec 23, 2009 08:34 AM

Soaring poverty levels are triggering an increase in exploitative child labour, on the Ivory Coast, says a new report by aid organisations.

Aid cut as charities feel the pinch

Dec 23, 2009 08:37 AM

Aid agencies have been hit hard by the global recession with shrinking donations, forcing them to shed jobs and cut down or slow aid work.

13th Vietnamese SOS Children's Village opened

Dec 29, 2009 10:02 AM

13th Vietnamese SOS Children's Village opened

SOS Children India receives prestigious award

Dec 29, 2009 10:07 AM

SOS Children India receives prestigious award

Jolie and Pitt give $100,000 to SOS Children's Villages USA

Dec 29, 2009 10:25 AM

Jolie and Pitt give $100,000 to SOS Children's Villages USA

Children killed in Nigeria fighting

Dec 30, 2009 10:41 AM

Most of the people killed in clashes between security forces and rival factions of a radical Islamic sect in the northern Nigeria were children.

Homeless women and children suffer in Pakistan freeze

Dec 30, 2009 11:54 AM

As temperatures in Britain plummet, thousands of homeless families in Pakistan’s war-torn North West Frontier Province are suffering extra hardship as temperatures there drop to freezing.

Hunger looms in Laos after Ketsana

Dec 30, 2009 02:17 PM

Tens of thousands of families face desperate food shortages after tropical storm Ketsana battered Laos.