10 May 2009 -- Amman, Jordan -- Rania Ismail, an up-and-coming performer on Jordanian TV, has been appointed a Stop TB Ambassador by the country's Ministry of Health. Ms Ismail, a versatile artist who performs in teleplays, soap operas and other popular television vehicles, is also a qualified psychological counselor who has been very active in social issues including women's and children's rights and reproductive and adolescent health.
Ismail has pledged to support a TB awareness drive in Jordan and the entire Arabic-speaking region through a variety of media activities. She is the second celebrity to have joined the fight against TB in the Eastern Mediterranean in the past year. In December Egyptian cinema star Laila Eloui pledged to support the Eastern Mediterranean Partnership to Stop TB by engaging with countries across the region.