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November 2010

SOS Children Côte d’Ivoire celebrates 40 years, A better start in life for Baby Gerald, Kim Clijsters and SOS Children urge EU decision-makers to strengthen families and end child poverty, SOS Ambassador Leee John travels to Zambia to fundraise for new Chipata Village, Riots in Haiti force SOS projects to close temporarily

Mother and baby packs will save thousands from HIV

Nov 01, 2010 09:38 AM

New mums with Aids and HIV will get mother and baby packs containing Aids drugs and antibiotics in a new scheme to prevent mums passing the virus to their babies.

Swazi children face extreme hunger this winter

Nov 01, 2010 09:49 AM

Tens of thousands of children in Swaziland will go hungry this year because of a drought and a lack of funding for food aid.

Zambia struggles to keep teachers

Nov 02, 2010 10:00 AM

Zambia’s move to upgrade its education system is floundering as teachers either leave the country for better pay and conditions or die of Aids.

Will Haiti be spared another disaster?

Nov 02, 2010 10:04 AM

Health officials are investigating suspected new cases of cholera in three new areas of Haiti, all lying closer to Port-au-Prince.

Flooding at SOS Villages in Vietnam and Thailand after heavy rainfall

Flooding at SOS Villages in Vietnam and Thailand after heavy rainfall

Nov 02, 2010 01:25 PM

Flooding triggered by heavy rainfall in Vietnam has surged into the SOS Children’s Village Nha Trang

Indonesia introduces breastfeeding law

Nov 03, 2010 10:14 AM

With 250 million people, Indonesia is the world’s fourth most populous country. It is also one of the most disaster-prone.

Thailand under water

Nov 03, 2010 10:23 AM

The government in Thailand estimates that over three million people have now been affected by floods which have inundated towns and villages in half the provinces.

Earthquake hits central Serbia

Nov 03, 2010 10:55 AM

An earthquake has hit central Serbia during the night, leaving two people dead and injuring at least 50.

Indonesia, land of forests and volcanoes

Nov 03, 2010 03:58 PM

Barack Obama may be glad to leave his political troubles in the US behind him next week, when he visits his childhood home of Indonesia. The President is scheduled to fly over the huge Indonesian archipelago and will see at first hand its threatened resources. Indonesia boasts some of the world’s richest and most varied rainforests, but the country also has one of the highest rates of deforestation. The country’s trees are under constant threat from illegal logging and clearing for agricultural or mining concerns.

New eruptions in Indonesia

New eruptions in Indonesia

Nov 04, 2010 09:16 AM

The situation around Mount Merapi remains grave and experts fear the eruptions could continue for at least two months.

Stars boycott Botswana diamonds

Nov 04, 2010 12:28 PM

X-Files star Gillian Anderson is among a band of celebrities boycotting diamonds from Botswana to protest against how the government's treatment of families living in the Kalahari game reserve.

Serbia earthquake affects SOS Children's Village

Serbia earthquake affects SOS Children's Village

Nov 04, 2010 03:55 PM

A moderate earthquake hit central Serbia on 3 Novmeber, killing two people and injuring at least 50 others.

Protesting against intimidation in Bangladesh

Nov 04, 2010 04:53 PM

In the capital Dhaka, a rally has been held by groups of school and college students protesting against the sexual harassment of women in Bangladesh.

Protecting trees and communities in Uganda

Nov 04, 2010 04:57 PM

In Uganda, Oxfam reckons that 70 per cent of natural disasters are being caused by climate change and the agency estimates the country loses 80,000 hectares of crops each year as a result.

SOS Children Haiti prepares for Hurricane Tomas

SOS Children Haiti prepares for Hurricane Tomas

Nov 05, 2010 08:30 AM

The SOS Children’s Village Santo is preparing for the possibility that Hurricane Tomas will hit Haiti on 5 or 6 November, either as a hurricane or a tropical storm.

Indonesia’s Mount Merapi erupts again

Nov 05, 2010 04:43 PM

A week after the first victims were buried in a mass grave, Mount Merapi continues to wreak disaster in central Java. 32 Indonesians died in the volcano’s first eruption, but the death toll has now risen to over 100 after the latest eruption on Thursday night.

Is microcredit a trap for the poor of Bangladesh?

Nov 08, 2010 09:43 AM

Around 20 million people, most of them women, have turned to banks and institutions offering microcredit in Bangladesh.

Africa’s leap in living standards

Nov 08, 2010 09:49 AM

People living in Africa are happier, healthier and better educated than ever before, says the United Nations.

Haiti avoids storm disaster, but concern grows about disease

Nov 08, 2010 10:37 AM

There was huge relief when Hurricane Tomas skirted to the north of Haiti on Friday, sparing the crowded tent camps around the capital Port-au-Prince where over a million Haitians are living.

The stress of living in Gaza

Nov 08, 2010 03:40 PM

With no extension of the settlement-building freeze in the West Bank, peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians remain at a standstill.

Somali gangs charged over trafficking girls for sex

Nov 09, 2010 04:29 PM

Twenty-nine people are facing charges for being involved in a ring trafficking Somali and American girls for sex.

Protecting women and girls in Colombia

Nov 09, 2010 04:33 PM

Colombia has one of the highest rates of internally displaced people (IDPs) in the world. Over 3 million Colombians have been evicted from their homes in rural areas by armed paramilitary gangs, who take over the land to plunder it for its wealth.

Rising threat of malaria in Rwanda

Nov 09, 2010 04:36 PM

Malaria is endemic in many sub-Saharan African countries and around 90 per cent of Rwandans are at risk from the disease.

Pneumonia kills more children than Aids and malaria

Nov 10, 2010 09:43 AM

Lung infections such as flu kill 4.25 million people every year, many of them young children, a new report reveals.

Cholera is confirmed in capital of Haiti

Nov 10, 2010 11:19 AM

The Haitian health ministry has now confirmed that cholera has spread to the capital Port-au-Prince.

More camps for volcano evacuees

More camps for volcano evacuees

Nov 10, 2010 03:55 PM

The chaos around Mount Merapi has been increasing by the day, and the death toll has now surpassed 190.

Rohingya children lack education in Bangladesh

Nov 11, 2010 10:29 AM

Each day, 11 year old Sayedul Amin helps dress his three younger brothers ready for school. But he does not join them. Sayedul goes to the nearby market to buy rice, which he and his mother sell outside their family shack in the Kutupalong refugee camp.

Children urged to eat orange maize in Zambia

Nov 11, 2010 03:25 PM

In Zambia, maize is a commonly grown crop and children are regularly given a meal called ‘nshima’, a stiff maize porridge.

Emergency polio vaccination targets three million

Nov 12, 2010 10:36 AM

Mass vaccinations will start today (Friday) in the Republic of Congo after nearly 100 people have died in the country's first polio outbreak in a decade.

Finding other sources of money to help Pakistan’s flood victims

Nov 12, 2010 04:39 PM

It is now over 100 days since devastating floods struck Pakistan, destroying villages and crops from the very north of the country right down to the south.

Flood waters in Benin threaten a rise in cholera

Nov 12, 2010 04:46 PM

As the number of cholera cases carries on rising in Haiti, medical experts are worrying the disease might also take its toll in Benin.

Somalia wars leave Kenya camps bursting

Nov 15, 2010 10:08 AM

The number of people living in the world’s largest refugee camp in Kenya has grown to nearly 300,000.

Fighting to contain the cholera epidemic in Haiti

Nov 15, 2010 01:54 PM

It is less than four weeks since cholera struck Haiti, the poorest country in the western hemisphere.

Breaking the poverty cycle - Strengthening families and communities

Breaking the poverty cycle - Strengthening families and communities

Nov 16, 2010 01:43 PM

SOS Children is organising two round tables in the European Parliament under the title “Breaking the poverty cycle - strengthening families and communities”.

Indonesian rice crop affected by heavy rains

Nov 16, 2010 01:54 PM

With the recent natural disasters, the mood in Indonesia was low-key before the arrival of President Obama last week. Images of the destruction caused by Mount Merapi dominated the news and over 250 people are now known to have died following the eruptions.

Battling food insecurity in Chad

Nov 16, 2010 02:01 PM

The landlocked Republic of Chad is sometimes known as the “Dead Heart of Africa” because of its central position. The north of Chad is desert, the south a more fertile savannah zone. In between there lies the central Sahel region, a dry area which forms part of the Sahel belt.

New edition of the SOS magazine now ready to download!

New edition of the SOS magazine now ready to download!

Nov 16, 2010 02:40 PM

In this edition of Family Matters we explore how, with your help, we support our young people as they begin their journey to independence.

Riots in Haiti force SOS projects to close temporarily

Riots in Haiti force SOS projects to close temporarily

Nov 16, 2010 04:25 PM

15 November brought unrest to the town of Cap Haitien in northern Haiti, with a number of UN peacekeepers suffering injury. All SOS families remain safe.

Drug could cut Africa’s child malaria deaths by a quarter

Nov 16, 2010 04:29 PM

A treatment that could cut the number of children dying from Malaria by nearly a quarter is not being used on a widespread basis.

SOS Ambassador Leee John travels to Zambia to fundraise for new Chipata Village

SOS Ambassador Leee John travels to Zambia to fundraise for new Chipata Village

Nov 17, 2010 11:10 AM

SOS UK Ambassador Leee John and his band ‘Imagination’ held a series of concerts in Zambia in late September to help fundraise for the new SOS Children’s Village in Chipata.

Encouraging early education in Syria

Nov 17, 2010 12:11 PM

In some regions of Syria, less than a quarter of young children go to nursery school (compared to an average enrolment of 41 per cent globally). This is partly because the majority of pre-schools in Syria are private and parents cannot afford the cost.

Tackling nutritional deficiencies in Kyrgyzstan

Nov 17, 2010 04:26 PM

In Kyrgyzstan, it would be rare to find children with distended bellies or emaciated limbs. So many would assume malnutrition is not a problem in this poor nation. However, in 2006 the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) discovered alarming signs that children were suffering from a chronic deficiency in micronutrients.

China introduces subsidies to help combat food inflation

Nov 18, 2010 11:12 AM

Consumer inflation is at its highest level for two years in China, running at 4.4% in October. The cost of food has risen even more sharply, with prices rising over 10 per cent in the same month. And in recent weeks, some vegetables have been selling at wholesale prices almost two-thirds higher. The Chinese government therefore announced this week that subsidies will be made available for poorer households. In addition, the authorities have not ruled out imposing price controls if the situation should worsen.

People in Haiti scared and traumatized

Nov 18, 2010 04:39 PM

A spokesman from the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti commented that this week’s unrest in the north of the country bore testimony to the fragile state of a people traumatised by the events of the past year.

Child soldiers meet UK minister

Nov 19, 2010 10:10 AM

Former child soldiers from Uganda this week shared their stories with Britain’s Minister for International Development, on a visit to the UK.

The stories of families affected by the floods in Pakistan

Nov 19, 2010 12:29 PM

Over one hundred days since the floods hit Pakistan and families across the country tell their stories how they have been affected by the catastrophe.

Families evacuated in Madagascar coup bid

Nov 19, 2010 12:33 PM

Families living near an army barracks where a rebel group of soldiers are holed up have been evacuated in Madagascar.

Haiti situation update

Haiti situation update

Nov 19, 2010 02:10 PM

The Haiti earthquake which hit in January of this year have had long-term consequences. Read our round-up of the latest developments in the locations where we work.

Kim Clijsters and SOS Children urge EU decision-makers to strengthen families and end child poverty

Kim Clijsters and SOS Children urge EU decision-makers to strengthen families and end child poverty

Nov 19, 2010 02:38 PM

SOS Children organised two round tables called "Breaking the poverty cycle: Strengthening families and communities" in the European Parliament on November 18 and 19.

Aids charities

Nov 22, 2010 09:44 AM

HIV charities working in Africa are both angry and positive about news the Pope has declared that in some cases it is acceptable to use condoms.

One billion people can’t afford health care

Nov 23, 2010 11:04 AM

A billion people can’t afford to pay for health care, the World Health Organisation said yesterday (Monday).

Flood victims in Vietnam need support

Nov 23, 2010 11:15 AM

It is over a month since heavy rains resulted in the worst flooding Vietnam had experienced in 20 years.

How the warming climate is affecting one region in Tanzania

Nov 23, 2010 11:20 AM

At the end of November, representatives from countries around the world will be meeting in Cancun, Mexico to discuss a new package of measures aimed at addressing climate change.

Addressing the problem of malnutrition in Bangladesh

Nov 24, 2010 10:10 AM

In a survey conducted in 2008-2009, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the World Food Programme and the Institute of Public Health Nutrition, found that one in four households in Bangladesh was food insecure.

Report highlights need for targeted HIV/AIDs prevention in South Africa

Nov 24, 2010 10:15 AM

A new report released by the United Nations estimates the number of people with the HIV virus at 33.3 million people globally.

Cholera spreads quickly in Haiti

Nov 24, 2010 02:31 PM

Over 200,000 cases of cholera have been registered across Haiti in the first three months, a number which had been predicted for six months time.

Small hopes for world progress on climate deal

Nov 25, 2010 09:59 AM

Countries across the world will try to thrash out a set of basic steps to hold back global warming at United Nations talks next week.

New meningitis vaccine brings hope in Burkina Faso

Nov 25, 2010 10:50 AM

In Burkina Faso, the yearly epidemic of meningitis usually strikes from the middle of January to mid-April. MenAfriVac is being launched here in early December and the plan is to vaccinate all those between 1 and 29 years of age. The 30 million dollars put forward by the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation (GAVI) to cover the roll-out of the vaccine, will also include Mali and Niger.

The plight of abused girls in Nicaragua

Nov 25, 2010 05:37 PM

According to a new report by Amnesty International, young women and girls are suffering from a high level of sexual violence in Nicaragua.

A better start in life for Baby Gerald

Nov 29, 2010 10:40 AM

Children and babies of all ages come to live with SOS Children for a variety of reasons and in a diverse range of circumstances. However, the experience of baby Gerald, who came to live in SOS Children’s Village Lilongwe in Malawi, is particularly unusual.

eBay Charity auction with Wayne Rooney's football boots

Nov 29, 2010 10:45 AM

Items including signed Wayne Rooney's football boots, a shirt signed by the England team including Beckham, a french national shirt signed by Robert Pires and a Tottenham Hotspurs shirt- for sale in aid of SOS Children on eBay

SOS Children Côte d’Ivoire celebrates 40 years

SOS Children Côte d’Ivoire celebrates 40 years

Nov 29, 2010 10:45 AM

Opened in 1971, SOS Children’s Village Abobo-Gare in Cǒte d’Ivoire was the first SOS Children’s Village in Africa.

UK protects 4.7 million from malaria in Ghana

Nov 29, 2010 10:58 AM

Five million people in Ghana including nearly 1 million children under the age of five will be protected from malaria through a new UK aid package.

The UN calls for more medical help in Haiti

Nov 29, 2010 11:10 AM

As Baroness Amos continued her visit to Haiti, the United Nations (UN) humanitarian chief expressed concern that doctors and nurses were becoming overwhelmed by their efforts to deal with the cholera epidemic. Health centres across the capital are now full of patients, with medical staff working round the clock to treat sufferers who need rehydration solution every few minutes. More than 1,500 people have now died from the disease and with the increasing numbers falling ill, the UN is calling for more than 1,000 extra nurses and 100 more doctors to help deal with the crisis.

Combating climate change in Mali

Nov 29, 2010 11:14 AM

2010 looks set to be one of the “hottest years” since temperatures were first logged in 1850. Even with a cool end to the last two months, 2010 is likely to come no lower than third in the rankings, after previous records were set in 1998 and 2005. Environmentalists hope this finding will put pressure on all those attending climate talks in Cancun next week.

The growing number of HIV/AIDS orphans in Ukraine

Nov 30, 2010 09:00 AM

Ahead of World Aids Day on 1st December, the United Nations released its 2010 report on HIV/AIDS.

Further aid needed in Kyrgyzstan

Nov 30, 2010 10:05 AM

The United Nations (UN) and humanitarian aid agencies are continuing to help communities recover in southern Kyrgyzstan after violence between ethnic Kyrgyz and Uzbeks during the summer, which left over 400 people dead and thousands homeless.

World AIDS Day 2010

World AIDS Day 2010

Nov 30, 2010 04:00 PM

SOS Children knows, perhaps better than anyone else, how AIDS impacts the lives of children. So on World AIDS Day, we underline our commitment to children whose lives have been uprooted by the epidemic.

“Little improvement” in Gaza despite easing of blockade

Nov 30, 2010 05:24 PM

A coalition of 22 development, human rights and peace-building organisations has today published a report calling for the complete lifting of the blockade to Gaza.