Lulu Haangala-Wood was yesterday (31st May) named UNAIDS Zambia Goodwill Ambassador and will serve for a 2 year period. The announcement was made by Dr Medhin Tsehaiu, UNAIDS Country Director at a special event which took place at Protea Hotel in Lusaka, Zambia yesterday.
She said the following on her official facebook page :
“Today i was officially announced as the First Ever UNAIDS Zambia Goodwill Ambassador!
It’s truly humbling to be entrusted with this new role. As a Zambian woman in this position I have the privilege of standing in between the two worlds: the people of my country and the knowledge and experience that will be shared with me by an organization that has more than 20 years’ experience in the fight against AIDS.
I want to be a bridge and I will do the best I can to bring these two worlds together: because ending AIDS is an effort that can only succeed if we are all on board.
Those who know me know very well that hard times don’t scare me too much, though this time more than ever before I feel the weight of responsibility. I am humble and recognize that there is much I need to learn to become an effective advocate, but I’m extremely happy to have such a strong team on my side from UNAIDS, Ministry of Health Zambia and Zambia National AIDS Council. I’m sure that we will work well together and achieve a lot in the next two years especially bringing forward the Fast Track initiative to end AIDS by 2030 through the 90-90-90 strategy.”
In her new role, Mrs Wood will work on the 90-90-90 strategy and the Fast Track initiative to end AIDS by 2030. She is expected to raise awareness on HIV testing, access to all prevention services, to adhere to treatment if they are HIV positive (especially during pregnancy and breastfeeding).
Lulu Haangala-Wood is a media and communications consultant, TV personality, local government-certified Master of Ceremonies and Mandela Washington Fellow (2014). She has been brand Ambassador for companies and organisations such as; Pizza Hut Zambia, Samsung Zambia,US Embassy Zambia Youth Ambassador. Mrs Wood is the founder of the #WeKeepMoving Foundation that inspires the youth to build meaningful lives and careers. In December 2014 Lulu become partners with Dagon Holding Media.