Carla Bruni Seeks Support for Born HIV Free

Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria’s ambassador for the protection of mothers and children against AIDS, flanked by fashion designer Jean-Paul Gaultier (left) and Global Fund's executive director Michel Kazatchkine (right). Photo by: Georges Merillon / The Global Fund

The first phase of an international campaign to raise awareness for the prevention of HIV transmission from mothers to children will end Oct. 5 at the New York summit for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria’s replenishment. Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, France’s first lady, is urging “visionaries,” particularly those in the art world, to lend their voice to the campaign.

Bruni-Sarkozy is the Global Fund’s ambassador for the protection of mothers and children against AIDS. She is also the face of the organization’s Born HIV Free campaign.

“It takes an inspired group of visionaries whose work and talents are brought together to achieve any goal as ambitious as this one – and those in the world of the arts have their own part to play. If we all lend our voice, we can achieve a generation free of AIDS by 2015,” Bruni-Sarkozy shares in a blog post published in the Huffington Post.

In her entry, Bruni-Sarkozy outlines the contributions of various artists, musicians, filmmakers and designers to the Born HIV Free campaign. She makes special mention of the special T-shirt that French couturier Jean-Paul Gaultier designed especially for the campaign.

“In my role as ambassador for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria, I have the honor and good fortune to be able to bring together some of my peers, who are immensely talented in their artistic fields, to help spread the message of hope for the cause I represent in my ambassadorship, the protection of mothers and children from HIV. We will keep on doing that till we can proudly announce that the world carries no more babies with HIV,” Bruni-Sarkozy writes.

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