No Hope Lost and Join the Fight against Pneumonia and Diarrhea with GSK ♥

Last March 4, 2014 I attended an event at Makati Shangri-La Hotel about a topic titled Lost: A Pneumoccocal and Rotavirus Disease Awareness Campaign. 

This was a very interesting topic for me as a mother because as everyone knows that A mother's love to her child is of deep devotion and of great sacrifice. It is endless, unselfish and enduring. She guides, nourishes and protects her child to the best of her ability.
Special guest, Real mother Barbie Almalbis-Honasan shares her experiences. 

To lose a child is the most heartbreaking experience a mother can ever have. But having a mother whose care is unconditional; she won’t let this happen at all. To her last breath, she will do anything to save her child, especially from death and disease.

Parents and society in general will do anything to prevent the loss of their children and thus a campaign called “No Hope Lost” has been launched.

“It’s the best time to raise awareness on pneumonia and diarrhea prevention. These diseases should not cause unnecessary suffering to young children,” says Dr. Sally Gatchalian, Philippine Foundation for Vaccination Director. “Sometimes it’s just that parents don’t know enough about these diseases, and they don’t know that there are actually vaccines for them.”

It is an awareness campaign on the heavy burden of pneumonia and diarrhea as the top leading causes of mortality and morbidity in the Philippines, specifically among children 5 years old and below, and if left unchecked can potentially lead to devastating consequences.

Pneumonia the LEADING cause of death in children worldwide. 

What is Pneumonia?
It is a severe form of acute respiratory infection that specifically affects the lungs. 

What causes Pneumonia?
Streptococcus pneumoniae is the leading cause of vaccine preventable severe pneumonia among children across the developing world. 

What are the symptoms of Pneumonia?
♦ rapid or difficult breathing
♦ cough
♦ fever
♦ chills
♦ headaches
♦ loss of appetite
♦ wheezing

What is Diarrhea?
• Defined as having loose or watery stools at least three times per day, or more frequently than normal for an individual. 
• Acute cases can lead to significant fluid loss and dehydration, which may result in death or other severe consequences. 

What causes Diarrhea?
Caused by a wide range of pathogens including bacteria, viruses and protozoa. Rotavirus is the leading cause of acute diarrhea and is responsible for about 40 percent of all hospital admissions due to diarrhea among children under five worldwide. 

PROTECT Children by establishing good health practices from birth

☂ Exclusive breastfeeding for 6 months☂ Adequate complementary feeding☂ Vitamin A supplementation

PREVENT Prevention is better than cure
☺ Hand washing with soap 
☺ Reduce Household air pollution
☺ Safe drinking water and sanitation
☺ VACCINATION pertussis, measles, HIB, PCV and rotavirus. 

TREAT children who are ill from pneumonia and diarrhea with appropriate treatment 
☼Improved care seeking and referral
Case management at the health facility and community level. 
Supplies: Low-osmolarity ORS, zinc, antibiotics and oxygen. 
Continued feeding (including breastfeeding)


In 2012, the Philippine government has already acknowledged this burden and addressed it by introducing Rotavirus Vaccine (RV) in the Expanded Program on Immunization (EPI) where 700,000 Filipino children aged 6 weeks up to 6 months of age were given free rotavirus vaccines.

In 2013, the Department of Health (DOH) leveled up the fight against the top killer of Filipino children by including another novel vaccine called Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine (PCV) in the EPI.

This combined effort to protect Filipino children against pneumonia and diarrhea contributes to the achievement of Millennium Development Goal (MDG) 4 of reducing infant and child mortality by 2/3 by 2015. RV and PCV are novel vaccines introduced by the DOH in the last 5 years and the Philippines is the first country in the ASEAN region to introduce both vaccines in the EPI.
Instax Photos of everyone joining the fight against Pneumonia and Diarrhea posted and signed on the commitment board. 
I pledged to prevent Pneumonia and Diarrhea through vaccination and with GSK. 

Fellow Mommy Bloggers (Moomy Musings, Mommy Pehpotr0ckstarm0mma and ILove Keisha) supports the drive to build awareness on pneumonia and diarrhea prevention through vaccination. 


As one of the world’s leading research-based pharmaceutical and healthcare companies, GSK continues to be a committed partner of both private healthcare practitioners and the government in the fight against childhood diseases, death and suffering around the world by offering health solutions for the reduction of overall diseases.

The “No Hope Lost” campaign from GlaxoSmithKline, which embodies the need for immediate action to get children vaccinated against pneumonia and diarrhea, will soon be launched through radio ads, print notices, flyers, and posters.

“With the help of our dear pediatricians, and the Department of Health, we are committed to the reduction of pneumonia and diarrhea cases nationwide by supplying high quality vaccines. These diseases account for an alarming almost 50 mortalities per day in the Philippines. GSK is here to support the Filipino medical community and the government’s drive to make health services accessible to everyone,” added Philip Cruz, GSK Medical Director.

Let's not wait for the day our children our LOST to these killer diseases. Let's help spread the word on how to prevent them and hit share button now to your social media sites. 

You can take care of your child.
Ask your pediatrician about preventive measures against Pneumococcal and Rotavirus Diseases.

1. Black, R. et al. Global, regional, and national causes of child mortality in 2008: a systematic analysis. Lancet 2010; 375: 1969–87.
2. Kapikian AZ and Chanock RM. In: Fields Virology 3rd ed 1996: 1657–708, Lippincott

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  1. I'm really glad somebody took the initiative for this campaign. It is a cause worth supporting! I look forward to more socially relevant posts like this in your blog. <3

  2. The quote that you says at the top of this post about the mother's love is so inspiring :) Very well said, your such a very loving and caring and good mom :) This is a very nice campaign.. As we all know, there are a lot of diseases that children encounter because of the environment. I heard a lot of good feedback about GSK. This is very nice! Hope all the Filipinos will be aware about pneumonia and diarrhea. A very helpful post from you. Thank you very much :)

  3. A very enthralling and helpful topic! So happy you joined and shared about this campaign. Everyone should know about pneumonia and diarrhea which are very common diseases now especially for children.When I had my duty, parang lagi kasi meron cases of pneumonia and diarrhea.. kawawa talaga mga bata. :( But through this campaign, everyone especially parent can be aware about these diseases and malaman nila kung ano ang gagawin pag mangyari ito sa kanila. I hope that there will be a reduce of cases with this kind of diseases. Thanks GSK! #NOHOPELOST and thank you for sharing this post Ms. Rochelle! God bless ♥

  4. We really need to be aware about pneumonia,, I have heard a story from my mom, that there is a child,nearly 6 yr.old something died because of it.. what's hurt is,it was sudden death.. Lets be aware on this.. and thnks to GSK that they have this kind of campaign..

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