#SalamatFrontliners: TikTok Pledges $1M Aid to PH Medical Workers
by Inside Manila Team, April 16, 2020 12:30am
Art by Ahl Mirambel
As the country battles against COVID-19, our healthcare workers risk their lives to help the COVID-19 patients recover. They are one of the people who are most exposed. Yet, several hospitals don’t have enough Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to shield them from the possibility of contracting the virus.
During these challenging times, online video-sharing platform TikTok pledged to donate USD 1 million to the Philippine General Hospital Medical Foundation, Inc. (PGHMFI). This is part of TikTok's efforts across the globe to help the health care community in the fight against COVID-19.
The Pledge for Protection
PGHMFI, the non-profit organization that’s a partner of the Philippine General Hospital, will use the donated fund to enable healthcare frontliners to gain access to proper PPEs. The donation will also provide hardship relief for the medical workers.
“PGHMFI greatly appreciates the enormous support from TikTok, which will help us secure PPEs and essential supplies to the front line health care professionals of PGH. This is truly a big help as the PGH continues to fulfill its role as a government-designated COVID-19 hospital. With coordinated efforts, we believe we can prevent a greater outbreak, save more lives and start healing,” said PGHMFI President Dr. Telesforo Gana.
TikTok hopes that the donation will benefit doctors and medical workers in the Philippines who are working around the clock and under incredibly challenging circumstances to save lives.
Videos of Support and Hope
The TikTok community has also come out in full force to show their support for local doctors and health care workers through the #salamatfrontliners campaign. As of April 8, the campaign has received 29,742 videos and 56,209,777 video views.
In response, health care professionals took to TikTok to share their messages of hope and inspiration, with some of them dancing to “Fight Song,” as the song’s lyrics aptly represent their battle against the pandemic on the frontline.
As health care professionals continue to fight against the virus, TikTok is committed to doing its part by ensuring its community receives guidance from trusted local authorities, and encouraging its users to stay safe and #enjoyathome.