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Vicks' Latest Campaign Tells the Powerful Story of a Boy Living with HIV

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Publicis Singapore launches followup to its 2018 #TouchOfCare video with the story of 'Agnes'

Vicks' Latest Campaign Tells the Powerful Story of a Boy Living with HIV

Following up from its 2018 #TouchOfCare video, Vicks releases another true-to-life story on the transformative power of care, to celebrate the extraordinary stories of the people who have lived it by their actions. This time, it centres on a child infected with HIV and a woman whose love and care paved way for the transformation of both their lives. The film is a powerful story that aims to challenge current beliefs, social norms, definitions, and stereotypes; a bold move aimed to address issues on discrimination.

The brand continues its mission on transforming people’s lives with the power of care with the belief that it is Care that makes a family, and not the other way around. The brand’s #TouchOfCare campaign brings to the surface societal taboos and sheds light on them to inspire change in perspectives and preconceived biases. It reveals how anybody with a loving touch of care has the capability to transform another person’s life.

Akhilesh Negi, P&G brand director healthcare APAC, comments: “The purpose of the Vicks brand is rooted in care. With our #TouchOfCare campaign, we aim to share stories where people have transformed lives of others through their extraordinary acts of care. The story of 'Agnes' was one such story which just needed to be told. We hope the campaign inspires more people to transform lives and transcend social norms, definitions and stereotypes through their own acts of care.”

The 4-minute video heroes a child who was born with HIV infection. When his mum died from the disease, the 4-month old was handed by his immediate family to 'Agnes' his mum’s friend. Captured in the story is how 'Agnes' later on found out about the child’s condition, and instead of turning away from the unexpectedly difficult situation, she committed to raise him and showered him with love and care. It was the start of a beautiful life transformation for the two; revealing how 'Agnes' fought for child’s life against all ridicule and discrimination from the people around them. Today, with 'Agnes' unfaltering love and care, the child is 4 years old and his HIV infection lays dormant in his body.

Lester Estrada, P&G Philippines marketing director, comments: “With the Touch of Care campaign, we are passionate about telling powerful stories of love. The story of Agnes just grabbed us from the start and we felt this moving tale of mother and son, amidst their challenges, was something we want to share with the world. This is the power of care that Vicks celebrates, for when you choose it, you have a hand in transforming another person’s life and make it better.”

Vicks believes that sharing 'Agnes' story will create a ripple effect that inspires people to look past the current beliefs, social norms, definitions, and stereotypes placed on people, and ultimately creates a transformative power of care. The brand also wants to create societal awareness for children born with HIV in order to change society’s beliefs and perspectives towards them. Vicks is committed to amplifying inspiring stories that show the transformation of human lives when people give a touch of care.

Ajay Vikram, Publicis Singapore chief creative officer, global clients, comments: “While brands have the power to lead conversations and influence culture, it is ordinary people in their everyday lives who actually inspire these brands to reflect relevant realities in our advertising. This extraordinary ability of a person to transcend every imaginable boundary to feel and care for another life, another human being, continues to be the inspiration for Vicks’ 'Touch of Care' campaign across multiple geographies. To celebrate the lives, amplify the stories and support our everyday heroines and heroes is a privilege for our brand.”

Vicks has partnered with Project Red Ribbon (a partner of Department of Health - National AIDS/STI Prevention and Control Program, and is associated with the World Health Organisation and UNAIDS). This partnership aims to give the same love and care seen in the film to the children under the 'Duyan Project'. 'Duyan', a Filipino noun which means 'cradle', aims to provide care and support to children with HIV in the Philippines. Through the said program, they will be given care, love and attention, to improve their quality of life until they are once again healthy and can go back to school.

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Advertiser: P&G, VICKS Philippines

Post Production / VFX

Post Production Company: Elastic Films

Production Company

Director: Alan Harca

Production Company: Elastic Films and Provill


Audio Post Company: Loudbox

Creative Agency

Account Management: Natalie VanderVorst, Prachi Partagalkar and Jessica Geli

Chief Creative Officer: Ajay Thrivikraman

Creative Agency: Publicis Singapore

Creative Director: Sheila Gonzales

Planners: Jordan Price and Josh Roth

Producer: Alain Tan

Genres: People, Storytelling

Categories: Beauty & Health, Treatments

Publicis Worldwide, Wed, 13 Mar 2019 17:10:19 GMT