Children and HIV and AIDS


Our celebrities have a wide range of talents and achievements, but they all share a commitment to improving the lives of children affected by HIV/AIDS throughout the world. Learn how their involvement is making a difference and watch their messages on the global Unite for Children, Unite against AIDS campaign.


Claudia Schiffer, UNICEF UK Ambassador
Supermodel and businesswoman Claudia Schiffer became an International UNICEF Ambassador in 1997. In 2009 she supported the Unite for Children, Unite against AIDS Mother’s Day initiative to raise awareness of the importance of getting new born babies tested and if they are HIV positive, to get them on treatment as soon as possible.
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Amitabh Bachchan
Amitabh Bachchan, is in popular parlance, the king of Indian cinema.  On 14 April 2005 he was officially appointed as UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador.  In his work with UNICEF, Mr. Bachchan will focus on polio eradication and HIV/AIDS.
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Roger Federer
Top-ranked tennis player Roger Federer taped a video message for the Unite for Children, Unite against AIDS global campaign. In the 30-second spot, the former UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador talks about the impact of HIV/AIDS on children.
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Ralph Fiennes, UNICEF UK Ambassador
Ralph Fiennes is an award-winning actor, probably best known for his roles in Schindler’s List, The English Patient and The Constant Gardener. For children around the world, he is instantly recognisable Lord Voldemort in the Harry Potter films.
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Danny Glover
An internationally acclaimed actor and producer, Danny Glover is also well-known for his advocacy and philanthropic efforts in healthcare, education and economic justice.  Mr. Glover was appointed a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador on 20 September 2004.

Whoopi Goldberg
The multi-talented performer Whoopi Goldberg is one of UNICEF’s latest celebrity recruits, becoming a Goodwill Ambassador on 17 September 2003.

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Angélique Kidjo
Angélique Kidjo, the dynamic West African singer and songwriter, was appointed a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador on 25 July 2002.  Ms. Kidjo is a passionate advocate for girls’ education and has made that a focus of her UNICEF partnership.

Lang Lang
Accomplished classical pianist Lang Lang has performed for world leaders and worked with the world’s best orchestras and conductors. He has a keen interest in child development and the important role that music can play in children’s lives. On 20 May 2004 he was appointed a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador.

Jessica Lange
The actress Jessica Lange became a Goodwill Ambassador on 2 June 2003. Lange's focus on human rights is not new, but this is the first time that she has been officially involved with a humanitarian organization. UNICEF is delighted to have her support. She has decided to focus on two UNICEF priority issues: HIV/AIDS and immunization.

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Shakira Mebarak
Shakira Mebarak, world-famous singer and songwriter, is a devoted advocate for children. The singer, known professionally as Shakira, was appointed a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador on 24 October 2003.

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Sir Roger Moore
Sir Roger Moore, the popular British actor, is perhaps best known for his role as secret agent 007 in the James Bond movie series. He was appointed a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador on 9 August 1991.

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Susan Sarandon
Internationally acclaimed actress Susan Sarandon has dedicated much of her time to fighting hunger, promoting women’s issues and helping people with HIV/AIDS.  She was appointed UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador in December 1999.

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