Monday, April 23, 2012
International Prayer: April 23, 2012
Imagine for a minute giving your son or daughter their breakfast only to watch them suffer a seizure as they attempt to eat. Imagine having to tie your own children up during the day in order to keep them from wandering off and getting lost because they are not aware of what they are doing. Imagine reaching a point where you can only describe your child’s situation as hopeless, as doctors tell you they have no answers. This is what many parents in Uganda face daily as the nation deals with an outbreak of Nodding Disease.
Nodding Disease is seen in children, starting with epileptic type symptoms. The seizures are triggered by food, heat, and cold weather. As the disease progresses growth and development are stunted. Behavior changes and children are often left in need of around the clock care. A number of children with the disease die either because they deteriorate from a lack of nutrition or because of accidents suffered during the seizures.
In some villages the disease has spread like a plague. According to the BBC more than 3,000 cases have been reported in northern Uganda.
For today’s international prayer let us stand in prayer for the children of Uganda and for children in other areas where there have been outbreaks of Nodding Disease. Pray for members of the World Health Organization and of the United States Center for Disease Control who are working to find the cause of the disease. Pray they find a cure. At a time when parents are losing hope let us call upon the One who gives hope to the hopeless, asking God to intervene according to His will.
For more on the Nodding Disease outbreak see:
On BBC.co.uk – Uganda’s Nodding Disease: “I’ve Lost Hope”
On CNN.com – Mysterious Noding Disease Debilitates Children