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.
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.
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.
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.
Nov 02, 2010 01:25 PM
Flooding triggered by heavy rainfall in Vietnam has surged into the SOS Children’s Village Nha Trang
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.
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.
Nov 03, 2010 10:55 AM
An earthquake has hit central Serbia during the night, leaving two people dead and injuring at least 50.
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.
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.
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.
Nov 04, 2010 03:55 PM
A moderate earthquake hit central Serbia on 3 Novmeber, killing two people and injuring at least 50 others.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Nov 08, 2010 09:43 AM
Around 20 million people, most of them women, have turned to banks and institutions offering microcredit in Bangladesh.
Nov 08, 2010 09:49 AM
People living in Africa are happier, healthier and better educated than ever before, says the United Nations.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Nov 10, 2010 11:19 AM
The Haitian health ministry has now confirmed that cholera has spread to the capital Port-au-Prince.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Nov 15, 2010 01:54 PM
It is less than four weeks since cholera struck Haiti, the poorest country in the western hemisphere.
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”.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Nov 23, 2010 11:04 AM
A billion people can’t afford to pay for health care, the World Health Organisation said yesterday (Monday).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Nov 30, 2010 09:00 AM
Ahead of World Aids Day on 1st December, the United Nations released its 2010 report on HIV/AIDS.
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.
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.
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.