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Campaign Spotlight: Children Infected with HIV Get the Attention They Deserve with Vicks’ New 2019 #TouchOfCare Campaign

MANILA, PHILIPPINES –A  strong follow up from its 2018 #TouchOfCare video, Vicks once again releases another true-to-life story on the transformative power of care, to celebrate the extraordinary stories of the people who have lived it by their actions. This time, it centers on a child infected with HIV and a woman whose love and care paved way for the transformation of both their lives. This is a powerful story that aims to challenge current beliefs, social norms, definitions, and stereotypes; a bold move aimed to address issues on discrimination.

Vicks, a brand synonymous with Generations of Care globally, continues its mission on transforming people’s lives with the power of care with the belief that it is Care that makes a family, and not the other way around. The brand’s #TouchOfCare campaign brings to the surface societal taboos and sheds light on them to inspire change in perspectives and preconceived biases. It reveals how anybody with a loving touch of care has the capability to transform another person’s life.

“The purpose of the Vicks brand is rooted in care. With our #TouchOfCare campaign, we aim to share stories where people have transformed lives of others through their extraordinary acts of care. The story of “Agnes” was one such story which just needed to be told. We hope the campaign inspires more people to transform lives and transcend social norms, definitions and stereotypes through their own acts of care.” – Akhilesh Negi, P&G Brand Director Healthcare APAC

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The 4-minute video heroes a child who was born with HIV infection. When his mom died from the disease, the 4-month old was handed by his immediate family to “Agnes”* his mom’s friend. Captured in the story is how “Agnes” later on found out about the child’s condition, and instead of turning away from the unexpectedly difficult situation, she committed to raise him and showered him with love and care. It was the start of a beautiful life transformation for the two; revealing how “Agnes” fought for child’s life against all ridicule and discrimination from the people around them. Today, with “Agnes”’ unfaltering love and care, the child is 4 years old and his HIV infection lays dormant in his body.

“With the Touch of Care campaign, we are passionate about telling powerful stories of love. The story of Agnes just grabbed us from the start and we felt this moving tale of mother and son, amidst their challenges, was something we want to share with the world. This is the power of care that Vicks celebrates, for when you choose it, you have a hand in transforming another person’s life and make it better.” – Lester Estrada, P&G Philippines Marketing Director

Vicks believes that sharing “Agnes”’ story will create a ripple effect that inspires people to look past the current beliefs, social norms, definitions, and stereotypes placed on people, and ultimately creates a transformative power of care. The brand also wants to create societal awareness for children born with HIV in order to change society’s beliefs and perspectives towards them. Vicks is committed to amplifying inspiring stories that show the transformation of human lives when people give a touch of care.

“While brands have the power to lead conversations and influence culture, it is ordinary people in their everyday lives who actually inspire these brands to reflect relevant realities in our advertising. This extraordinary ability of a person to transcend every imaginable boundary to feel and care for another life, another human being, continues to be the inspiration for Vicks’ “Touch of Care” campaign across multiple geographies. To celebrate the lives, amplify the stories and support our everyday heroines and heroes is a privilege for our brand.” – Ajay Vikram, Publicis Singapore Chief Creative Officer, Global Clients

Vicks has partnered with Project Red Ribbon (a partner of Department of Health – National AIDS/STI Prevention and Control Program, and is associated with the World Health Organization and UNAIDS). This partnership aims to give the same love and care seen in the film to the children under the “Duyan Project”. “Duyan”, a Filipino noun which means “cradle”, aims to provide care and support to children with HIV in the Philippines. Through the said program, they will be given care, love and attention, to improve their quality of life until they are once again healthy and can go back to school.

 

To know more about HIV, Project Red Ribbon, and the “Duyan Program” visit https://www.hivphilippines.com/duyan-program

https://www.hivphilippines.com/definitions

http://www.unaids.org/en/regionscountries/countries/philippines

https://www.doh.gov.ph/aids-hiv

 

About Procter & Gamble 

P&G serves consumers around the world with one of the strongest portfolios of trusted, quality, leadership brands, including Ambi Pur®, Ariel®, Dawn®, Downy®, Gillette®, Head & Shoulders®, Joy®, Olay®, Oral-B®, Pampers®, Pantene®, Rejoice®, Safeguard®, Tide®, Vicks®, and Whisper®. The P&G community includes operations in approximately 70 countries worldwide. Please visit http://www.pg.com for the latest news and information about P&G and its brands.

 

Credits:

Film credits:

P&G, VICKS Philippines

Vice President, Asia-IMEA Healthcare & APAC Oral: Sujay Wasan

Regional Associate Brand Director, P&G HealthCare Asia Pacific: Akhilesh Negi

Country Category Leader, P&G Health Care, Philippines: Vijay Pampana

Assistant Brand Manager, P&G HealthCare Asia Pacific: Gagandeep Singh Sumbria

Assistant Brand Manager, P&G Healthcare, Philippines: Michael Gabriel Jayme

 

Creative Agency: Publicis Singapore

Chief Creative Officer, Global Clients: Ajay Thrivikraman

Creative Director: Sheila Gonzales

Account management: Natalie VanderVorst, Prachi Partagalkar and Jessica Geli

Account Planning: Jordan Price and Josh Roth

Director (film): Alan Harca

Production agencies: Elastic Films and Provill

Post production: Elastic Films

Music and Sound design: Loudbox

Agency Producer: Alain Tan

 

PR Agency: Fuse Philippines

Head of Fuse: Ley Lacsamana

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