Reduce the Price of Pneumonia Vaccination


Pneumonia is the leading cause of childhood deaths for the Philippines and many developing nations. Unfortunately, pneumonia vaccination remains unaffordable for many families. How might we empower the Filipino diaspora to pressure pharmaceutical companies, Pfizer and GSK to drop the price of pneumonia vaccination?


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Empathy: Many Families Can’t Afford Healthcare

"Many families can't afford to prioritize health, especially if it means out-of-pocket expenses. Simply put, the treatment for pneumonia is too expensive for them." - Dr. Paolo Medina, M.D., Asst Professor for Community Medicine
Philippines

Caution: A Prescription is Not Enough

"Many parents avoid a consultation with a doctor and use the money to buy medicine instead. A prescription will not be enough to save their children from danger." - Monalee R. Estuita, RN, BSN, Clinic Coordinator at the Canoosa Health and Social Center
Philippines

Educate: Young Children are Most Vulnerable

"It doesn't matter if you're rich or poor; anyone can have pneumonia. If you teach people what to do, then their children have a chance to survive the first five years of life when they are most vulnerable." - Dra. Lulu Bravo, M.D. Pediatric Infectious Disease Specialist
Philippines

Recurrence: My Baby is Coughing Again

"I know a vaccine exists, but it's not available at the health center. I don't even know if I'll be able to afford it. I'd like to know more because my baby is coughing again." - Tosana Tanola, Mother of Five, Living in a Shanty
Philippines

Unexpected: It Could Have Killed My Child

"The doctor said that my son has pneumonia and that it can kill. I was so shocked to hear those words! I never thouhgt something like this can happen to my child." - Shiela Maria Espinosa, Housewife and Mother
Philippines

Relief: I Was Desperate

"I wanted her to get better so badly but I had no idea how I was going to pay for all of these. I had nothing! Somehow, because of the kindness of strangers and with government aid, everyhint worked out." - Bernie Sevilla, Father, Unemployed

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