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August 2013

Baby Nom Nom raises money for SOS Children, Man City kick off Hong Kong supporters' group, Emergency relief begins in Mali, Becoming an SOS father, Egypt and Syria updates, Tackling AIDS in Malawi...
Reading and succeeding in Zimbabwe

Reading and succeeding in Zimbabwe

Aug 01, 2013 01:50 PM

In the suburb of Nguboyenja in Zimbabwe’s second city Bulawayo, SOS Children is helping mothers and caregivers on the road to business success and financial independence. For some, however, illiteracy makes the simplest routine tasks very hard indeed. Now, we are acting to help budding entrepreneurs overcome this fundamental obstacle.

The importance of early childhood development

The importance of early childhood development

Aug 02, 2013 03:15 PM

Countries across the world are increasingly recognising the importance of the first few years of life in a child’s development.

Play Baby Nom Nom and raise money for SOS Children

Play Baby Nom Nom and raise money for SOS Children

Aug 05, 2013 03:45 PM

Baby Nom Nom is no ordinary game. Thanks to the generosity of its creators, Playrise Digital, 15% of net revenues from this immensely playable and furiously addictive app will help children and families in the care of SOS Children.

Families rely on community health workers in Madagascar

Families rely on community health workers in Madagascar

Aug 05, 2013 04:35 PM

Over the past four years, hundreds of medical centres in Madagascar have been forced to close and families are turning to voluntary health workers.

Man City kick off The Hong Kong Friends of SOS Children

Man City kick off The Hong Kong Friends of SOS Children

Aug 06, 2013 10:05 AM

Last month saw the launch of an exciting new SOS Children supporters’ group: The Hong Kong Friends of SOS Children. Present at the launch event was Manchester City FC team captain and SOS Ambassador Vincent Kompany, who fielded questions from the press and recorded a special message for the launch itself.

Traffic accident deaths in Sub-Saharan Africa: a worrying trend

Traffic accident deaths in Sub-Saharan Africa: a worrying trend

Aug 07, 2013 09:10 AM

As a global region, Sub-Saharan Africa has the lowest number of vehicles on the road and yet by 2015, road accidents are expected to become the biggest killer of children aged 5–15.

Stunting widespread among children in Swaziland

Stunting widespread among children in Swaziland

Aug 07, 2013 03:57 PM

A recent nutritional survey has found a worrying increase in the prevalence of stunted children in Swaziland.

Promoting the health benefits of cleanliness in Malawi and worldwide

Promoting the health benefits of cleanliness in Malawi and worldwide

Aug 09, 2013 12:34 PM

Medical studies have long shown how better hygiene can reduce deaths among children from illnesses such as cholera and diarrhoea, but cleanliness is now being seen as vital in the battle against other health threats.

Making media available to deaf children in Zambia

Making media available to deaf children in Zambia

Aug 12, 2013 09:55 AM

Around 14% of the adult population in Zambia are HIV positive and high-profile media campaigns act to raise awareness about how people can protect themselves.

New parliamentary bills in India aimed at helping the poor

New parliamentary bills in India aimed at helping the poor

Aug 12, 2013 06:11 PM

India has passed a new bill which requires companies to commit a percentage of their profits to charitable and social causes.

Emergency relief work begins in Mali

Emergency relief work begins in Mali

Aug 14, 2013 09:50 AM

Emergency relief work has begun in the Mopti region of Mali, where masses of people are arriving following ongoing violence in the north. SOS Children will provide support to around 12,000 displaced people seeking refuge in Mopti, targeting those most at risk, including mothers and young children.

Keeping the lid on polio in the DR Congo

Keeping the lid on polio in the DR Congo

Aug 15, 2013 09:40 AM

There were no recorded cases of polio in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo) between 2001–2005, but since then the disease has threatened to return.

Drought in Namibia and Angola leads to rising malnutrition

Drought in Namibia and Angola leads to rising malnutrition

Aug 15, 2013 05:39 PM

Two years of failed rains in northern Namibia and southern Angola have left pastoral and farming communities in these regions extremely short of food.

Becoming an SOS father in Germany

Becoming an SOS father in Germany

Aug 16, 2013 02:00 PM

Two years ago, Jörg-Olaf from Germany decided it was time for a change of career. After supporting children for much of his working life, at 53 he chose to become an SOS father.

UN says action is urgently needed in the Central African Republic

UN says action is urgently needed in the Central African Republic

Aug 16, 2013 05:34 PM

This week United Nations (UN) officials have warned that the Central African Republic (CAR) is now “close to being a failed state”.

Egypt update: Children safe as violence spreads

Egypt update: Children safe as violence spreads

Aug 19, 2013 12:35 PM

Unrest continues to spread across Egypt following the events in mid-August. Despite escalating violence, all SOS families in our three Children's Villages are reported to be safe.

Boosting immunisation efforts in South Sudan

Boosting immunisation efforts in South Sudan

Aug 20, 2013 09:05 AM

Polio immunisation remains a top priority in South Sudan, though only around two-thirds of infants are fully vaccinated against other childhood illnesses.

Severe outbreak of polio threatens Somalia’s children

Severe outbreak of polio threatens Somalia’s children

Aug 20, 2013 03:55 PM

More than 100 cases of polio have been reported in Somalia this year and the World Health Organisation (WHO) is warning that the outbreak could become ‘explosive’.

Pakistan is unprepared for flooding in 2013

Pakistan is unprepared for flooding in 2013

Aug 21, 2013 05:08 PM

Pakistan has suffered severe monsoon floods annually since 2010, but experts warn the country is not prepared in 2013.

Moving forward in Liberia

Moving forward in Liberia

Aug 22, 2013 03:15 PM

Liberia has been marking ten years since the end of its second civil war, but though the country is peaceful there is still much progress to make.

Peace badly needed in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo

Peace badly needed in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo

Aug 23, 2013 03:43 PM

A 3,000-member UN Intervention Brigade is now operational in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo, hoping to bring peace to this volatile region.

Tackling child marriage in Nepal

Tackling child marriage in Nepal

Aug 27, 2013 11:05 AM

Each year around 14 million girls become child brides but campaigners are battling to change attitudes.

Tackling AIDS in Malawi

Tackling AIDS in Malawi

Aug 28, 2013 09:25 AM

Five years ago, Asale and her daughter Mesi both tested positive for HIV. Poverty and unemployment meant Asale went without treatment so her daughter could stay healthy. Over time, Asale’s condition deteriorated until word of her plight reached the nearby SOS Medical Centre in Blantyre, Malawi.

Improving education in Liberia

Improving education in Liberia

Aug 28, 2013 04:50 PM

The troubles of Liberia’s education system have been highlighted in dramatic fashion this year, with all pupils taking their end-of-school exam failing the test.

Reducing rates of child malnutrition in Laos

Reducing rates of child malnutrition in Laos

Aug 30, 2013 03:57 PM

The economy of Laos has been growing more than 7% annually over the last few years, but a quarter of the population still live in extreme poverty and child malnutrition remains a huge problem.

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