Safeguard Launches Health Watch For World Health Day

Posted on Apr 12 2016 - 8:12pm by Lanie

In celebration of World Health Day last April 7, Safeguard started Health Watch, a lecture series aimed to equip Filipino moms with the information and the skills that they need to continue to keep their family healthy.

For 50 years, Safeguard continues to be committed to 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.


In the first Health Watch lecture among mommy bloggers, 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, partners with UNICEF to address this problem by implementing its Water, Sanitation and Health (WASH) Program, which includes health and hygiene education among children.


Safeguard teaches the basics of hygiene, proper hand washing

First Aid basics by Safeguard

Safeguard taught mothers about First Aid basics, including proper wound care, in partnership with the Philippine Red Cross (PRC)

Healthy Food goes hand in hand with Healthy Body

Healthy Food goes hand in hand with Healthy Body

Some of the moms from Mommy Bloggers Philippines who attended Health Watch

Some of the moms from Mommy Bloggers Philippines who attended Health Watch

However, beyond this program to help reduce the incidences of deadly diseases, Safeguard also recognizes the importance of health in the context of everyday activities at home. On World Health Day, Safeguard emphasizes that proper hygiene every day also plays an important role in keeping families healthy.

At the first Health Watch lecture, Safeguard taught mothers about First Aid basics, including proper wound care, in partnership with the Philippine Red Cross (PRC). According to the PRC, the simple act of washing a wound with soap has been beneficial in reducing infections among children, infections which could eventually develop to more serious diseases. Wounds are often the primary entry point of germs and bacteria, thus, wound care is considered a crucial step in disease prevention.

Proper sanitation is equally important among moms as the First Aiders before treating their children’s minor burns and wounds. Parents must be aware that the first important step is washing their hands before treating their children.  Washing the wound with soap and water for 5 minutes also greatly reduces the chance of infection, tetanus, scarring, and tattooing of the skin from dirt left in the wound.

Whether it’s a serious disease like diarrhea on everyday complaint like a new wound from playing outdoors, moms always have to be on alert to keep their family protected. The trusted name in family germ protection, Safeguard is moms’ partner in health.

On World Health Day and beyond, Safeguard puts your family’s health first. 50 years of protection, 50 years of Safeguard. Health comes first.

8 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Ayi2016/04/14 at 12:28 am - Reply

    I always instill the importance of hand washing on my kids. Lalo for them na kung saan-saan humahawak. Better be safe than sorry 🙂

  2. Denice2016/04/14 at 12:50 am - Reply

    Even if Bunny is still one pa lang, I try to show her as much as I can the importance of hand washing or even sanitizing, especially before meals and before bed time.

  3. Ma.Me.Mi.Mommy2016/04/14 at 7:08 am - Reply

    We also use Safeguard at home. I remember using it also as far back when I was little. That first aid training is a must for households. I hope to be able to attend one too.

  4. sarah tirona2016/04/15 at 6:47 am - Reply

    this is such a nice advocacy for safeguard 🙂

  5. Maria Teresa Figuerres2016/04/15 at 7:33 am - Reply

    It’s really nice of Safeguard to remind everyone the proper way of washing hands to prevent diseases. If everyone is informed, then there will be lesser people who will get sick.

  6. kareenliez2016/04/15 at 1:27 pm - Reply

    Since when I was a child, I remember Safeguard as a soap that will protect us from germs. There are even events in school where we use the soap to wash hands. And yes, proper handwashing will help us to safeguard our health.

  7. May Palacpac2016/04/16 at 6:47 am - Reply

    Awwww…why didn’t I know of this event? Di ako naka sign up? Or maybe it’s the date?I want to go to a Red Cross event too. I signed up with one where they taught first aid but the venue was too far.

  8. Nina Sogue2016/04/19 at 9:00 am - Reply

    We also use safeguard at home. I also try my best to teach my son proper hand washing. He doesn’t have the patience yet (he’s turning 2 this year) but at least it’s a start 🙂

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