Aishwarya is now a UN goodwill ambassador

The United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS [UNAIDS] hasappointed Bollywood actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan as its International Goodwill Ambassador.

She will raise global awareness on protecting children from HIV infection and increasing access to antiretroviral treatment.

The appointment came a day before the start of the annual debate at the UN General Assembly. Aishwarya has been involved in humanitarian issues for many years and will now have a special focus on HIV/AIDS, Xinhua reported.

At the conference, UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibe welcomed Aishwarya to the UNAIDS family.

‘Mrs Bachchan is respected and admired people around the world,’ said Sidibe.

Speaking on this occasion, Aishwarya said: ‘I am honoured to accept this appointment.’

‘Spreading awareness on health issues, especially related to women and children, has always been a priority for me,’ she said.

‘And now, as a new mother, I personally relate to this —  the joys and concerns of every mother. I strongly believe that every baby should be born free from HIV. I promise that with UNAIDS, I will do my utmost to make this happen,’ she added.

She has also done films in Hindi, English, Tamil, Telugu and Bengali.
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