Safeguard, in celebration of World Health Day launched Health Watch, a lecture series aimed to equip Filipino moms with information and skills to keep the family healthy. The intimate event was held on April 7 at Romulo Café, Makati and attended by fellow mommy bloggers.
Our family has been using Safeguard since I was born in this world or even before, I guess! For more than 50 years, Safeguard continues to be committed in promoting health and hygiene, making the brand synonymous with family germ protection. Consistent with this mission, Safeguard understands that mothers strive to keep their family healthy by staying updated on current healthcare issues.
Every year, World Health Day is a reminder that health should come first. While every mom continues to think about health, the fact remains that there is still so much more that can be done to improve the health of every family and the nation.
UNICEF shared figures about the State of Filipino Children’s Health. According to a report entitled “A Decade of Tracking Progress for Maternal, Newborn, and Child Survival” conducted in 2015, the Philippines is among 26 countries which have contributed to 80% of global deaths of children under 5 years old.
A report by A Promise Renewed cited that 3 out of 100 children under 5 years old in the Philippines die due to neonatal health conditions (45%), pneumonia (18%), and diarrhea (7%). As any mom would know, any child’s death is one death too many – particularly when some of these deadly diseases are easily prevented through the simple act of handwashing. Handwashing with soap and water helps reduce the incidence of diarrhea among children by up to 50% and respiratory illnesses such as pneumonia by up to 25%. Among infants, handwashing has also helped reduce infections, which constitute 16% of neonatal conditions.
Procter & Gamble , through Safeguard, partnered with UNICEF to address this problem by implementing its Water, Sanitation and Health (WASH) Program, which includes health and hygiene education among children.
The mommies were oriented by UNICEF that proper sanitation should begin at home and parents should be aware that the very first important step is handwashing with soap as it helps to eliminate the spread of diseases particularly with children. Proper hygiene everyday plays a vital role in keeping families healthy.
We were also taught about First Aid basics with the help of the expert from Philippine Red Cross. There should always be a First Aider in the family who knows how to provide immediate temporary treatment to whatever incident may occur even inside our homes such as minor burns, cut and wounds.
This was just the first series of Health Watch lecture and for sure there’s a lot more to learn to keep our family healthy and protected.
I personally admire Safeguard for doing this kind of campaign to ensure that every Filipino family will be safe and prevent the spread of diseases. Really had a great time and learned something that I can share with my loved ones!
Thank you Safeguard for taking care of every Filipino family for 50 years and beyond! Indeed, Health comes first!
Jing, The Mommy Raketera 🙂