Aishwarya Rai Bachchan named UN HIV/AIDS envoy
By Sajad - Tue Sep 25 2012, 2:27 pm
The United Nations Monday announced the addition of Bollywood icon and former Miss World Aishwarya Rai Bachchan to its roster of International Goodwill Ambassadors, focussed on helping the Organization’s efforts in combating the spread of HIV infections in children.
In her new role, Aishwarya will help raise awareness on issues related to stopping new HIV infections in children and advocate for increased access to anti-retroviral treatment.
“Spreading awareness on health issues, especially related to women and children, has always been a priority for me,” Rai said in a statement. “And now, as a new mother, I can personally relate to this – the joys and concerns of every mother and the hopes that we have for our children.”
Rai will be promoting focuses on 22 countries, including India, which account for more than 90 percent of new HIV infections among children. Of those, 21 are in sub-Saharan Africa, where the estimated number of children newly infected by HIV fell by 25 percent between 2009 and 2011, UNAIDS said.
Twenty-one of the countries accounted for in the Plan are in sub-Saharan Africa, where the estimated number of children newly-infected with HIV fell by 25 per cent from 2009 to 2011. Mother-to-child HIV transmission rates have also declined since 2010 with the introduction of more effective prophylaxis regimens.
The UNAIDS goal, however, remains to fully eradicate new HIV infections among children by 2015.