I’ll never forget the day in October of 2010 when, upon returning from a day trip to Chicago, my wife and I both checked in on Facebook to see what had happened while we were gone. That’s when we got the news that cholera was spreading across Haiti.
It was one of those things where you read it with a sinking feeling in the pit of your stomach, this is bad. Really bad.
That happened again this morning. While reading Facebook, I got a message from a doctor I know who works in Haiti that in her research and in anecdotal evidence (deliveries they have been involved with) discovered that if a mother has the Chikungunya virus, it passes directly to their baby. The initial reports are that for a baby who is born with the virus, the possibility of really bad developmental delays is a big problem. Like, if they even survive, they will deal with the after effects of the disease for their entire lives.
In a country with 9 million people, inadequate healthcare and a new virus running rampant, we’re looking at the possibility of a substantial impact on the next generation of Haitian children. It goes without saying (but I’m going to) that it would be a problem if it only affected one child. But if it affects 1% of the births, the number is staggeringly high.
Why God? Why do you allow such pain and suffering to happen?
He hasn’t told me yet. So, until He does, a couple of things:
- I have inquiries in to some of my medical friends in Haiti as to if there is anything that we (aka the First World) can do to help – in terms of resources to combat it, to help treat the babies or anything. If I hear anything, I’ll let you know.
- I know that we can pray.
- Pray that God will spare the babies from any long term birth complications or developmental delays because of this virus.
- Pray that the health care people in Haiti stay healthy so they can care for the sick.
- Pray that the weather would be such that the mosquito population, especially those who carry this disease, would be minimized.
Thank you for caring, thank you for praying.