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GSK Collaborates with Soha Ali Khan, Milind Soman, Neelam Soni, and Rohan Bopanna for ‘Project 90’ to Raise Shingles Awareness

SHINGLES AWARENESS

Neelam Soni, Bollywood Actress

“Project 90” aims to create awareness about the prevalence and complications of shingles
Soha Ali Khan, Milind Soman, Neelam Soni, and Rohan Bopanna have taken to social media to discuss the heightened risk of shingles in adults aged 50 years and above and the preventive measures against it

National, 26 February: GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceuticals Limited (GSK) has launched a new public awareness initiative – Project 90 – featuring Soha Ali Khan, Milind Soman, Neelam Soni, and Rohan Bopanna to raise awareness about shingles, a painful viral disease.

(L-R) Rohan Bopanna, Bollywood Actor, Soha Ali Khan, Bollywood Actress and Milind Soman, Bollywood Actor

Shingles is a disease of the nerves caused by the same varicella-zoster virus that causes chickenpox. The virus remains inactive in the body’s nerves after a person recovers from chickenpox and may reactivate anytime later, largely in ageing adults above the age of 50 years with weakened immunity to cause shingles. The campaign is named ‘Project 90’ because the virus is potentially present in over 90% of Indians over the age of 50 years.

The multi-phased social media campaign kicked off with a simulated takeover of the celebrities’ Instagram profiles by intrusive “Project 90” spam and pop-ups. The fans of the celebrities were made to believe that Project 90 had disrupted the celebrities’ Instagram accounts to create a buzz and generate interest in the campaign; this disruption mirrored how the virus may suddenly re-activate to disrupt the lives of ageing adults. Soha Ali Khan, Milind Soman, Neelam Soni, and Rohan Bopanna shared informative reels on the disease and highlighted the heightened risk associated with shingles in individuals aged 50 years and older.

Rashmi Hegde, Medical Director, GSK
Rashmi Hegde, Medical Director, GSK

Commenting on the campaign, Dr Rashmi Hegde, Medical Director, GlaxoSmithKline India said, “Through this campaign, we want to increase awareness about shingles for people above the age of 50.1 Past studies have shown that the virus that causes shingles may be potentially present in over 90% of Indians aged 50 years and above.2 We are confident that the voices of celebrity influencers, Soha Ali Khan, Milind Soman, Neelam Soni, and Rohan Bopanna for this campaign will bring attention to the seriousness of this disease, encouraging open conversations that have the potential to save ageing adults from the pain of shingles.”

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