RiteMed, the number one unibranded line of medicines in the country, is backing up the 'PhilHealth Run 2013: Nationwide Run for Mother and Child Protection' set on February 17, 2013.
The first simultaneous nationwide run is the highlight of the 18th anniversary of PhilHealth with the theme “Synergy for Universal Health Care."
PhilHealth Run 2013 is expected to attract 100,000 professional and amateur runners in 18 major sites in the country including Manila, Baguio, Dagupan, Tuguegarao, Clark, Malolos, Laguna, Batangas, Legazpi, Iloilo, Cebu, Tacloban, Zamboanga, Cagayan de Oro, Davao, Koronadal, Marawi, Butuan and Tubod, Lanao del Norte.
"We are pleased to continue our partnership with Philhealth not only in staging these running events for a cause but in other endeavors in pursuit of our common goal, the implementation of universal healthcare in the country," says Nicandro A. Salud, Assistant Vice President of RiteMed.
"Philhealth’s campaign for affordable, accessible and quality health care to all Filipinos is in synch with our corporate thrust, which is to make quality and affordable medicines accessible to every Filipino. In 2011, RiteMed launched its advocacy on Right to Health because we believe that every Filipino has the right to adequate and quality healthcare," adds Salud.
With universal healthcare coverage, every Filipino, regardless of status, is given the access and support to quality healthcare and services.
PhilHealth Run 2013 aims to focus the people's attention to mother and child’s health, which is one of the country’s commitments to the Millennium Development Goal of reducing child mortality and improving maternal health.
Proceeds from the event will be used to support national and regional institutions promoting the protection of mothers and children in the country. The national beneficiaries of the PhilHealth Run 2013 are the Philippine Children’s Medical Center, a health care facility for pediatric diseases, and the Dr. Jose Fabella Memorial Hospital, a maternal and newborn tertiary hospital.
Other similar healthcare facilities catering to mother and child health in each of the major regional event sites will also benefit from the run.
RiteMed was also the co-presentor of the first Philhealth Run: The Mindanao Run for Hope held last year.