Nodding Disease Worsens in Uganda

In the north of Uganda, thousands of children have fallen ill with a fatal, incurable disease known as nodding disease. Communities are starting to panic and some people are losing hope as the medical community struggles to either find a cause or a cure…

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There are more than 3,000 reported cases in northern Uganda and the government has now set up nodding syndrome screening centers at health centers.

However, due to deep poverty, many families cannot afford to pay for the transport.

Others like Ms Olana have simply given up on their children.

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Ojok Samuel sits at the clinic staring into space. He is nine but looks three or four.

“He started nodding his head at the age of two whenever we gave him food,” his father John Oboda says, adding that the stress on the family has affected his own health.

Unable to farm, because he always has to care for the children, the family is slipping deeper and deeper into poverty.

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