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Disease Knows No Geography

Posted on: February 3rd, 2016 by Hope For Humans No Comments
Ocan Vincent

Ocan Vincent, a child with Nodding Syndrome in northern Uganda

The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared Zika virus a global emergency. There have been around 4,000 reported cases of microcephaly in Brazil alone since October. The virus was first isolated in April 1947 from a rhesus macaque monkey that had been placed in a cage in the Zika Forest of Uganda, near Lake Victoria. For decades cases have been reported In Africa, then in other third world countries and now in the United States.

So the question we ask is why. Why do diseases that begin in developing countries like Ebola, HIV, and Zika not produce a more urgent need to investigate in impoverished areas outside the developed world?

Hope for Humans is very passionate about these issues, we fight for the dignity of children without a voice every day. Nodding Syndrome also began in East Africa and has affected over 10,000 children since first reported over 15 years ago and yet, no further studies are being done to find a cause or cure. This is grave injustice to humanity. Hope for Humans’ founder and CEO Dr. Suzanne Gazda says, “…disease knows no geography or boundaries, it is quite possible that one day nodding syndrome will show up in the Western World.”

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