Mead Johnson Nutrition, celebrated it's 42nd anniversary last July 19, 2010 at their office in Pasong Tamo, Makati. They also presented an advocacy to promote awareness campaign about Orphan's disease. It is called 'orphan' because patients with these diseases currently are not getting enough support. There are currently about 41 children in the country who suffer from rare metabolic diseases such as Maple Syrup Urine Disease (MSUD), Phenylketonuria (PKU), and Methyl Malonic Acidemia (MMA). Some of the patients will be present during the event. Not a lot of people know about these diseases so when patients are brought to physicians, they are usually in the late stages already. If they are not detected and treated early enough, the children will either be mentally retarded or worse they will die. I was able to watch the video and I realized that the bubbly toddler I played with during the event was one of those children with orphan's disease when I saw a video about it. I also got to interact with the mother of the child. Also present was DSWD Secretary Soliman and presidential sister Ballsy Aquino-Cruz. The presence of the DSWD secretary marks their partnership with Mead Johnson Nutrition for this campaign and advocacy to prevent orphan's disease. One of their programs is to coordinate with DSWD is educating communities about orphan's disease.
|Agreement of partnership of DSWD and MJN|
|Dialogue with Sec. Soliman|