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Monday, April 25, 2005

Jackie Chan Fighting AIDS?

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(Hat Tip: UN Dispatch, Cross Posted at Blogger News)

Taking time off from battling fictitious villains, action film superstar and United Nations ambassador Jackie Chan wrapped up a visit today to Viet Nam, joining in the real-life fight against AIDS and sending a powerful message that more must be done both for prevention and advocacy.

"I may be a movie hero, but the real heroes are the people I’ve met in Viet Nam, among them grandparents, mothers and wives, and many young people and children, who are showing real courage in dealing with living with HIV/AIDS and who just be supported much more," said the star of such films as Rush Hour and Rumble in the Bronx.

Jackie Chan was acting as a "Goodwill" Ambassador on behalf of the U.N. Children's Fund. He toured Vietnam for about three days and one of the places he visited was Quang Ninh province which not only has one of the highest HIV rates in the nation but also has reports of discrimination against those infected by the deadly virus.

With approximately 215,000 people infected with this deadly disease, Jackie Chan's visit goes a long way towards tearing down walls as those who are infected are often associated with drug dealers, prostitutes, etc. and other forms of "bad behavior."
"Jackie Chan’s visit has been enormously popular," UNICEF’s Anne Attard declared. "Clearly he is an important role model for young and old alike, and his visit has done much to accelerate Viet Nam’s fight to help combat the disease. It is important that we build from Jackie Chan’s visit to continue to strengthen our prevention and advocacy efforts."

This isn't the first time Jackie Chan was picked as "Goodwill" Ambassador, as he visited neighboring Cambodia to highlight the dangers of buried landmines.

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