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HIV & AIDS and Children

Miss Universe lends star power to HIV/AIDS campaign

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Miss Universe, Natalie Glebova, tapes a public service spot for the HIV/AIDS campaign in a studio at UNICEF’s New York headquarters.

By John Allison

NEW YORK, USA, 29 March 2006 – The reigning Miss Universe, Natalie Glebova, is lending her support to the UNITE FOR CHILDREN  UNITE AGAINST AIDS campaign through a public service announcement released today.

“Millions of children are growing up alone, missing their childhood,” she says in the PSA, referring to the estimated 14 million children under the age of 15 who have lost one or both parents to AIDS.

Miss Universe is the latest addition to the team of UNICEF celebrities and Goodwill Ambassadors who have contributed their star power to the campaign. Some of the other celebrities who have recorded PSAs include David Beckham, Danny Glover, Whoopi Goldberg, Angélique Kidjo, Lang Lang, Jessica Lange, Susan Sarandon, Sir Roger Moore, Ralph Fiennes and Ewan McGregor.

Travelling the world

Raising public awareness about HIV/AIDS has been an important part of Ms. Glebova’s reign since her crowning in May 2005. In South Africa last summer, she publicly took an HIV test and visited children living with the disease. In November, she spent a week travelling through India as part of an AIDS awareness tour, before flying to Washington D.C. to take part in activities leading up to World AIDS Day, December 1.

For the remainder of her year as Miss Universe, Ms. Glebova will continue to travel the world as an ambassador for many charitable causes, and will continue to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS.

Ms. Glebova, a Russian-born citizen of Canada, recorded the PSAs for the UNITE FOR CHILDREN  UNITE AGAINST AIDS campaign in both English and Russian.

The Miss Universe Organization has expressed its commitment to increasing awareness of HIV/AIDS and women’s health issues by working with international organizations such as UNICEF, the Global Health Council and the United Nations Population Fund, among others.




29 March 2006: UNICEF Correspondent John Allison reports on the new PSA recorded by Miss Universe, Natalie Glebova.

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