The Leading pharmaceutical company Pfizer and the renowned motercycle team riders Club PK has a special mission in saving the lives of thousand of Filipino children across the country.
The elite Club PK has its initiative , the PD Alliance in Motion to bring the doctors and vaccine experts as they embark on a road trip in a far-flung areas of the country to vaccine Filipino children and help them fight the pneumococcal disease.
“This project is of utmost importance, as we are racing against time to protect children against a very devastating disease,”
“We must act quickly, as infants and children below the age of five are most vulnerable to pneumococcal disease, with one child dying from the disease every minute, and up to one million young lives lost every year.”
- Pierre Niles, Senior Product Manager, Pfizer
Pneumococcal disease describes a complex group of illnesses caused by the Streptococcus pneumoniae or streptococcus bacterium, and includes deadly invasive diseases such as pneumonia with bacteremia, sepsis and meningitis, and non-invasive illnesses such as pneumonia, acute otitis media, and sinusitis.
"There are more than 90 strains or serotypes of streptococcus, with the 13 most common serotypes accounting for majority of cases. Many of these strains have become highly resistant to antibiotics. Thus, PD victims often have to endure aggressive and lengthy medical treatment, not to mention expensive medical bills,”
- Jaime Santos, Pediatricians and Chairman of the Infectious Diseases section of the Philippine Children’s Medical Center
The disease is a major health threat in the Philippines, with 90% of PD victims below five years old. Pneumonia is the leading cause of death among Filipino children under five, and the country ranks 10th in the world with the most number of childhood pneumonia cases.
“The Club PK members have gone on many road trips and adventures in the past, and this upcoming trip will certainly be our most important one yet.”
- Jotle Viray, Club PK President
Through the “PD Alliance in Motion” initiative, over 1,300 children in the country are expected to receive the broadest coverage pneumococcal conjugate vaccine in the world that protects against the 13 most common pneumococcal strains. For more information on the PD Alliance in Motion and how you can help, visit www.pfizer.com.ph. Please consult your doctor to know more about Pfizer’s pneumococcal conjugate vaccine and how it may save your child today.