Chinese singer Miriam Yeung Chin Wah renews role as UNAIDS Representative

20 June 2006

Miriam Yeung Chin Wah, the famous Chinese pop singer from Hong Kong, has agreed to take on a new two-year term as Special Representative for UNAIDS, the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS, a role she has held since 2000.

Miriam Yeung Chin Wah, the famous Chinese pop singer from Hong Kong, has agreed to take on a new two-year term as Special Representative for UNAIDS, the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS, a role she has held since 2000.

“I am delighted by Miss Yeung Chin Wah’s personal commitment to AIDS over the years,” said Dr. Peter Piot, UNAIDS Executive Director.

“As a popular singer she is able to encourage youth to be smart about HIV and minimize their risk of becoming infected. I hope that other celebrities from the entertainment world will follow her lead. The reality today is that children and young people continue to be on the frontlines of the epidemic, making up close to half of all new HIV infections worldwide.”

Miss Yeung Chin Wah, a very popular artist in local and overseas Chinese communities particularly among young people, has dedicated her time to HIV prevention activities and in her role as Special Representative, and will continue to promote messages on prevention, treatment and care, UNAIDS said.

“I feel privileged to take up this challenge. All of us can make a difference. Let us join hands to fight against AIDS by showing our care, support, and acceptance for those who need it,” she said.

In Asia, just over 8 million people were living with HIV at the end of 2005 – of which 2.4 million were women.

 

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