News|September 25, 2012 12:19 pm

UNAIDS appoints Aishwarya Rai as international goodwill ambassador

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, who is currently in America, has added yet another feather to her cap. On the eve of the 67th United Nations General Assembly, the joint United Nations programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) has appointed her as international goodwill ambassador.

In her new role, she will help raise awareness on issues related to stopping new HIV infections in children and advocate for increased access to antiretroviral treatment.

Said Aishwarya,

I am honoured to accept this appointment. Spreading awareness on health issues especially related to women and children has always been of concern. 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. I pray and strongly believe that no baby should be born with HIV. And I wish that every woman living with HIV stays healthy and has access to treatment. I promise that with UNAIDS, I will do my utmost to make this happen.