A private Italian foundation and the Italian Ministry of Finance jointly launched last week L’Otto Per Amore (The Fight for Love), a project which aims to extend medical assistance to Filipino children afflicted with tuberculosis (TB).
Philippine ambassador to Italy Philippe Lhuillier was the guest of honor and speaker at the launching of the project of the Fondazione Raphael Onlus and the Guardia di Finanzia (the Military Corps of the Italian Ministry of Finance).
Lhuillier said the project aims to extend medical assistance to around 1,500 Filipino children living in Payatas area in Quezon City diagnosed with TB.
He expressed heartfelt appreciation to the organizers for doing their share to address the problem. He also shared that the fight against TB has been on top of the agenda of both public and private sectors in the Philippines.
General Emilio Antonio Jacoboni represented the Guardia di Finanzia while the Fondazione Raphael Onlus was represented by its President, Reverend Father Giovanni d’Ercole.
To raise the needed funds for the project, a variety program featuring noted Italian singers and performers Franco Califano, Luisa Corna, Tiberio Timperi and Anna Tatangelo, was held at the Auditorium Massimo in Rome during the launch.
A "donate-through text" drive was also kicked off.
Lhuillier also noted that according to the latest statistics, TB is the sixth greatest cause of morbidity and mortality in the Philippines. The Philippines has the ninth highest rate of TB in the world.
The latest statistics of the Philippines Department of Health posted in its Web site, however, said that TB is the 6th leading cause of morbidity in the country in 2003.