Ever since the pandemic started, people began exploring ways to make their bodies more immune to illnesses, especially to COVID-19 which has already claimed millions of lives around the world.
Many started to live a healthier lifestyle and began taking care of themselves and their families more by eating more fruits and vegetables, having better daily routines, and practicing better hygiene. (Read: How Do Health Workers Ensure Their and Their Patients’ Safety?) People have also been trying to learn more about different diseases and illnesses, germs and bacteria, and many other things that can affect their bodies’ immunities and overall health.
This is why The Procter & Gamble Company (P&G) decided to launch the “P&G Blood Health Forum,” a series of virtual sharing sessions that will be talking about anemia, last October 31.
How Does Anemia Affect Quality of Life?
In case anyone was wondering why P&G has decided to tackle anemia, it’s because the condition is still a global issue—2.3 billion individuals around the world suffer from it.
Anemia can cause dizziness, paleness, weakened immune system, and frequent tiredness to people who have it, impacting their daily lives and overall wellness. Southeast Asia and Africa are still reporting the highest number of anemia cases in the world, accounting for 85 percent of the total cases. (Read: Nutrition Labels in Health Products: Here’s What You Need to Know)
In the Philippines, iron deficiency anemia is the most common kind of micronutrient deficiency affecting a significant number of women, children, and infants. “Iron deficiency anemia is the most common micronutrient deficiency in the country affecting a significant number of infants (56.6%), pregnant women (50.7%), lactating women (45.7%) and children 6-12 years old (35.5%),” Dr. Reynaldo De Castro of the De La Salle College of Medicine said during the forum.
P&G Blood Health Forum
Another speaker, Dr. Zulfiqar Bhutta (Robert Harding Inaugural Chair in Global Child Health, Hospital for Sick Children), said that achieving some of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) become more difficult as long as iron deficiency anemia.
“The full potential of several of the linked sustainable development goals for nutrition, health, and learning (SDGs 2, 3 and 4) cannot be realized without addressing iron deficiency anemia at scale, especially among the marginalized and ultra-poor populations of the world,” he said. (Read: A Prayer for Good Health and Protection)
This is why they advocated for early diagnosis and intervention of iron deficiency anemia in the first session of the forum. “Through sessions such as the P&G Blood Health Forum, our endeavor is to make educational and informational tools around anemia more accessible to HCPs at their ease and convenience in these unprecedented times,” said P&G Commercial Leader Ferdinand Roxas.
Iron Deficiency Day is celebrated every November, so if you want to take part in raising awareness about this illness, you can follow P&G on Facebook for the latest updates about their Blood Health Forum.