MANILA, Philippines -An Italian foundation and the Italian ministry of finance have launched a project to extend medical assistance to some 1,500 Filipino children suffering from tuberculosis (TB).
The Foreign Affairs Department said Philippine Ambassador to Italy Philippe Lhuillier was the guest of honor and speaker at the launching of the L'Otto Per Amore (The Fight for Love).
In a statement Friday night, the DFA said the joint project was launched May 8, and includes the Fondazione Raphael Onlus and the Guardia di Finanzia (the Military Corps of the Italian Ministry of Finance).
"The project aims to extend medical assistance to around 1,500 Tuberculosis (TB)-afflicted Filipino children living in Payatas, Quezon City," it said.
Lhuillier cited statistics indicating TB is the sixth greatest cause of morbidity and mortality in the Philippines.
He said the Philippines is ranked ninth in the world to have the highest rate of TB.
Also, 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.
Representing the Fondazione Raphael Onlus was its president, Reverend Father Giovanni d'Ercole.
To raise the needed funds, 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 launching of the project.
A "donate-through text" drive also kicked off during the event. -GMANews.TV