Join me today in praying for those suffering from disease outbreaks in Bangladesh, Zambia, and Yemen, and for prayers regarding HIV/AIDS. My name is Fouad Abou-Rizk and I’m passionate about helping those who are suffering from international humanitarian crises, and for all those suffering from disease and injury!
I pray for the Rohingya, that conditions will change at their refugee camps in Bangladesh so that there will be adequate housing, sanitation, clean water, food, healthcare access, and access to counseling to care for each person. I pray for a great reduction of the spread of preventable diseases within their camps.
I pray that each person infected with diphtheria will be healed. I praise you for the work that Samaritan’s Purse is doing in their diphtheria clinic there.
I pray that pregnant and new mothers among the Rohingya will have sufficient access to healthcare to raise healthy babies.
I pray for the estimated one million suffering from cholera in Yemen, that each of them will be saved. I pray also that each person suffering from the more recent diphtheria outbreak in Yemen will be saved and nurtured back to good health.
I pray that warring factions in Yemen will cease fighting for the sake of the common person who is suffering so much. I pray that medical workers, hospitals, and necessary supplies will be allowed unimpeded travel and safety from attacks and bombings throughout the country.
I pray that the cholera outbreak in the area around Lusaka, Zambia has been contained (two weeks ago there were discouraging reports about it). I pray that each person infected will be saved, and that the mandatory shutting down of businesses and social gatherings will not have had terrible affects on people.
I pray for the estimated 7 million HIV positive people in South Africa (about 12% of the population), that each of them will have the necessary healthcare required to preserve their lives. I pray that those who cannot afford medications will be able to receive them for free or severely reduced costs.
I pray that children who have been made orphans by HIV taking the lives of their parents will be cared for by charitable people.
Notes and Explanations
Since August over 650,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled from persecution into neighboring Bangladesh. Reports say that conditions in their refugee camps are very poor and have lead to the transmission of preventable diseases such as diphtheria, which has had an especially large impact on children.
Diphtheria causes swelling in the neck, which can cut off the airways, causing death. Children are especially susceptible to it due to their small bodies and necks.
Samaritan’s Purse operates a clinic in Bangladesh caring for Rohingya infected with the disease. Their work is an inspiration to me.
Yemen has been in a state of civil war since 2014. Very few people there are vaccinated against preventable diseases. There are an estimated one million people in the country suffering from cholera, and there is a new outbreak of diphtheria. An estimate 8 million of the countries 29 million people are at risk of starvation. Hospitals and medical facilities there have been attacked many times, and it appears that warring factions are directly inhibiting lifesaving care reaching the Yemeni people. A synopsis of the war in Yemen can be found on BBC here.
In mid-January, a cholera outbreak in Zambia’s capital Lusaka, and surrounding areas, had a devastating effect, causing the government to ban public gatherings and force the closings of markets. Information about that crisis can be found here.
Statistics on HIV in South Africa can be found here.