Pneumonia is one of the top diseases afflicting Filipinos, especially children, thus the urgency to prevent this “silent killer”. This is the battle the city government units of Makati and Caloocan, together with the Vaccine Study Group (VSG), the Manila-National Institutes of Health (NIH) and GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) tackle with the launch of the pneumonia prevention program MOVE!
The Philippines ranks among the top 10 countries with the most number of recorded cases of this common deadly lower respiratory tract infection. Pneumonia accounts for 34% of deaths in Filipino children under five years old. This means at least 37 children die every single day due to pneumonia.With the purpose to increase public awareness and drive everyone to join the campaign on the prevention of this top killer disease, the biggest dance marathon event MOVE! Step Up Against Pneumonia is happening for the second year. The event is in line with the celebration of World Pneumonia Day.
Echoing the World Health Organization’s recommendation on pneumococcal conjugate vaccines, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), the leading global pharmaceutical and healthcare company, partners with the city government of Caloocan and Makati as they embark on a pneumonia prevention program targeting to protect the children under five years old in their cities.
“MOVE! is a refreshing way to help protect the lives of thousands of Filipino children through dancing. The greater public can join our advocacy to create awareness, provide immunization and build a strong network to battle against pneumonia,” said Dr. Sally Gatchalian, GSK Biologicals Director for Clinical Development and Medical Affairs.
Filipinos love to dance. This popular contagious appeal and visual impact became the inspiration behind MOVE! Acting as a universal language, dance can engage more people to participate in the battle against pneumonia.
MOVE! Step Up Against Pneumonia’s program model follows the government’s universal healthcare objective through Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs), allowing more lives to be saved as disseminating the message that there is a need for pneumonia prevention becomes a nationwide effort.
Be part of the biggest movement against pneumonia by expanding your knowledge about this disease. Ensure your kid’s safety by consulting your doctor about pneumonia prevention.