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Carla Bruni meets HIV patients at Safdarjung Hospital

delhi Updated: Dec 06, 2010 12:19 IST
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French President Nicolas Sarkozy's celebrity wife Carla Bruni on Monday met counsellors and HIV positive patients at the Safdarjung Hospital in New Delhi while her husband began discussions with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

The French First Lady reached the hospital at 11.10 am and visited the Anti-Retroviral Therapy (ART) centre and the out-patient department (OPD) of the hospital in south Delhi.

Bruni is the goodwill ambassador of the Geneva-based Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

The hospital is also holding a meeting with the French delegation, officials said.

The National AIDS Control Organisation (NACO), which forms policy and implements programmes for the prevention and control of HIV-AIDS in India, has been coordinating with the French embassy for the visit.

Bruni will also visit the Naz Foundation-run home for HIV-positive children in East of Kailash in south Delhi.

"There are nearly 30 children in the home here. They are quite excited and have also made some special greeting cards for Bruni," Naz Foundation chief Anjali Gopalan told IANS.

On a four-day official visit to India, Sarkozy and Carla Bruni arrived at the Bangalore airport on Saturday.

The couple visited Taj Mahal in Agra on Saturday and paid a visit to Fatehpur Sikri on Sunday.

Sarkozy's visit is aimed at expanding cooperation in defence, nuclear power, sustainable development and culture.