Sri Lankan Master Blaster Sanath Jayasuriyaand Noted Bollywood actor and social activist Shabana Azmi on Tuesday underlined the need for greater unity and cooperation among the South Asian countries to combat stigma and discrimination against millions of HIV infected people.
Azmi, who is SAARC Goodwill Ambassador for HIV/AIDS along with Sri Lankan cricketer Sanath Jayasuriya, has carried on with her three-day trip to Nepal despite Pashupatinath temple row while Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan cancelled his trip.
Earlier in May 2008 Sri Lanka's star batsmen Sanath Jayasuriya and Ms. Shabana Azmi were selected as SAARC Goodwill Ambassadors for the programme " Uniting for HIV AIDS" by the selection committee at a meeting held at the SAARC Secretariat in Kathmandu.
This prestigious honorary title is for a period of two years and the Goodwill Ambassadors are expected to travel to all SAARC member States.
The overall goal of the Goodwill Ambassador is to garner enhanced response to the fight against HIV/AIDS within the Member States through advocacy and public mobilization efforts at the regional level.
India nominated Ms. Shabana Azmi and Mr.Baiching Bhutia . Nepal nominated Mr. Madan Krishna Shrestha and Mr. Hari Bamsha Acharya Pakistan nominated Mr. Jehangir Khan, Sri Lanka nominated Mr. Nimal Siripala de Silva and Mr. Sanath Jayasuriya.