The Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development has launched a data base for orphans and vulnerable children in the country.

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The vast majority of Swaziland’s primary and secondary public schools have not opened for the new term, after the government failed to settle the outstanding education fees of US$10.8 million for orphans and vulnerable children (OVC).

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The head of child rights in the Ministry of Labor and Human Welfare, Mr. Yemane Negash, called on the society to enhance participation in efforts to properly nurture orphan children under home-group care.

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Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini is expected to announce a plan to address the plight of child headed households during the 18th Biennial Conference of the National Association for Child Care Workers (NACCW).

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The police and the Kampala Capital City Authority have rounded up at least 300 street children in an operation meant to reduce beggars and criminals in the city centre. The children were briefly detained at Central Police Station before they were transferred to Kampirigisa Rehabilitation Centre where they will be attended to depending on their age set.

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today reiterated his concern over the growing number of attacks on schools and hospitals and threats to children in armed conflicts around the world, stating that the United Nations is considering targeted measures against those who commit such crimes.

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Kokobe Abate is a widow struggling to raise her daughter Almaz in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa. The death of her husband hit the family hard, but he had given up on life long before he died.

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A minimum package of services for orphans and vulnerable children (OVCs) and youth will be presented to Southern African Development Community (SADC) ministers this week.

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Orphans and vulnerable children in 10 of Zimbabwe's poorest districts will start benefiting from a government scheme to help them go to school, have enough to eat and access medical care.

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The Minister of Women and Children's Affairs, Mrs. Juliana Azumah-Mensah, has called on orphanages in the country to operate within acceptable levels that would ensure that the managers and personnel of the orphanages take good care of children under their care, to help promote effective training of such children.

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