March 22, 2012 9:52 AM Subscribe
Since 2010, over 3,000 children throughout northern Uganda have come down with nodding disease
, a degenerative neurological condition, reports CNN
The causes of nodding disease, which first emerged in the 1960s in Sudan, remain unclear. Afflicted children suffer from seizures, physical degeneration, and sometimes pyromania.
Some treatment clinics have been established
, but they remain underfunded and still face the problem of getting care to those in need. Uganda Nedagalalyayo, an association of traditional healers, has asked the government to involve them in investigating treatment options
. The Ugandan government has also considered using helicopters to spray affected areas with pesticides
, in hopes of curbing the spread.
Nodding disease has gained some coverage in the media lately, in part due to criticism of the inadequacy and problematic nature of Kony 2012/Invisible Children