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Tragically, thousands of young, vulnerable children die EVERY DAY because of preventable diseases. Pneumonia, diarrhoea, malaria, measles, HIV/AIDS and malnutrition are the primary killers of children in the developing world. Join us in praying this week for improved healthcare in poor communities – and for the work that Kids Alive is doing to help ensure that children are able to grow up healthy and strong.
Monday June 30th
In Kenya, 73 out of every 1,000 children die before the age of five years. Pray for a change in this situation – for improved healthcare, better availability of medicines, and improved nutrition for young children. Pray for our medical clinic at Karundas in central Kenya, which receives more than 300 visits a month from people in the local community – that this work would make a huge difference in improving health care in this area, and that local people would see God’s love in action through the love that they are shown by our staff.
Tuesday, July 1st
Somewhere in the world, a child dies every 20 seconds from vaccine-preventable diseases. Please pray that improvements would be made to provide vaccinations in areas where they are currently unavailable. Please pray for the current situation in South Sudan, where thousands of refugees are living in camps without adequate access to vaccines and other medical treatment; pray that vital medicines would get to those that need it most and that lives would be saved as a result.
Wednesday, July 2nd
Did you know that pneumonia kills more children under the age of five years than any other illness across the world? That is certainly the case in Zambia, where many children die unnecessarily each year. Pray for our new medical program in and around the town of Mongu, western Zambia, particularly that we would see significant improvements in children’s health and nutrition in the impoverished communities where we serve.
Thursday, July 3rd
1.8 million people die every year from diarrheal diseases (including cholera) – most of these in developing countries. 90% of the deaths are children under the age of 5 years. Cholera, which is spread by contaminated water and food, has been a major concern in Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Zambia and Kenya in recent years. Pray for improved medication to deal with the impact of cholera and for improved health education and sanitation in poor communities in order to prevent serious outbreaks in the future.
Friday, July 4th
Our medical programs in Papua New Guinea, where malnutrition is rife and disease is common, are critical for the wellbeing of our children and their families. Pray for our nurse in Papua New Guinea, and for continued improvements in the health of children and adults in the communities where we work.
Saturday, July 5th
Another big child-killer is malaria. It is estimated that the disease causes more than 600,000 deaths a year. Children and pregnant women are the worst affected, and over 80% of deaths occur in sub-Saharan Africa among children under the age of five years. Pray for the protection of children in our children’s homes, schools and care centers from malaria, and for a continued reduction in the impact of this disease around the world.
Sunday, July 6th
“Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute” (Proverbs 31:8). Pray today for those that are in desperate need around the world. Thank God for the ways in which we see Him at work in some of the world’s toughest places. And share with someone else – in your family, church or neighborhood – how they can become part of the story of seeing lives transformed!