Run, walk, bike to stop TB PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 27 August 2011 17:17

The Rotary Club of Zamboanga City in partnership with World Vision’s Social Mobilization on Tuberculosis (SMT), Zamboanga Hermosa Tuberculosis Council and other stakeholders will spearhead the 3rd Rotary Bike, Run, and Walk to Stop TB Now in observance of lung month on August 28, 2011.

“This activity is a way to prioritize campaign against tuberculosis and other lung ailments in view of the notified cases registered in the city,” says Arlo Ramos, World Vision SMT City Development Officer in Zamboanga City.

Three categories are being organized for this event: 5-K fun run, 3-K walk and 15K bikes from Paseo del Mar to Joaquin Enriquez Memorial Sports Complex (Grand Stand) at 4:00 o’clock in the afternoon. Some cured TB patient will also join the run symbolizing as the epitome of renewed hope - that they too can reach the finish line of recovery.

This year’s local theme is “Healthy lifestyle for healthy lungs” is a continuous campaign to encourage elders, youth, and even children to continue fighting against tuberculosis.

Different stakeholders are invited to join the celebration, ranging from government officials, public and private healthcare providers, community workers, researchers, members of the civil society, representatives from funding agencies to cured TB patients and their families.

The proceeds of this event will be donated to Zamboanga Hermosa TB Council and Zamboanga City TB Task Force Association Incorporated. “The run, walk, bike event will come a long way because it will save lives,” shares Ramos.

In the Philippines, tuberculosis (TB) claims 75 lives every day. Confronted by stigma and resigned to living fearfully with TB, many people do not seek the treatment they need. As part of the global campaign against TB, World Vision is helping communities in the Philippines respond through a network of local volunteers dedicated to supporting those affected by the disease.

World Vision’s Social Mobilization on TB project has mobilized about 400 task force groups in 16 cities and 5 provinces throughout the Philippines. Their work entails raising awareness, referring those with TB symptoms for diagnosis and acting as treatment partners to TB patients, and advocate for local partners’ support to TB control. Presently, there are 14 TB Task Force organized in 14 barangays in Zamboanga city with 221 community volunteers.

The project works with the local health authorities to promote the Directly Observed Treatment Short-Course (DOTS) strategy. The DOTS approach combines diagnosis with a secure supply of quality anti-TB drugs and supervised treatment and assessment of patients by community members.

August is National Lung Month. This annual health observance, pursuant to Presidential Proclamation No. 1761, seeks to increase the public’s awareness of the human pulmonary system, the illnesses of the lungs, and their prevention. The celebration will focus on the campaign to forge a partnership among concerned sectors to implement the Directly Observed Treatment Short Course (DOTS) program for tuberculosis. 

“In celebrating National Lung Month, let us remember that in order to maximize our potentials, we should have a healthy body. Let us encourage everyone to take care of their lungs by not smoking and by exercising. We should also contribute in keeping a healthier environment so that our lungs will remain healthy,” narrates Ramos.

For more inquiries, please contact: Arlo Ramos, World Vision SMT City Development Officer- 09177221286 Roberto Dazo, World Vision SMT Project Coordinator- 09178073968 Elizabeth Delgado, World Vision Program Manager (OIC), Mindanao 2- 09177239241