'Posh Spice' Victoria Beckham flies to Ghana for the UNAIDS HIV/AIDS campaign

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British fashion designer, model and singer Victoria Beckham poses upon arrival at the Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR) inaugural fund raising gala in Hong Kong March 14, 2015. Reuters/Bobby Yip

Victoria Beckham is planning to visit Ghana to support a Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS. The former Spice Girl was appointed as UNAIDS International Goodwill Ambassador in September 2014. UNAIDS Ghana Country Director Girmay Haile announced Beckham’s visit to the country at the Television Awards Ghana 2015.

Information Nigeria reports that the wife of football superstar David Beckham will participate in a number of HIV/AIDS-related activities. She was appointed in 2014 to support the UNAIDS' ultimate goal of an AIDS-free generation. Victoria will increase awareness to support the Global Plan headed by UNAIDS to completely eliminate new HIV infections among children by 2015 as well as keep their mothers alive. Victoria will share information on behalf of young girls and women affected by the deadly condition.

SOS Children's Villages says that there are 170,000 children in Ghana who have been orphaned as a result of HIV/AIDS. This number comprises 17 percent of the orphans recorded in the country. Hopefully, the joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS will help the country become entirely free of the condition in a few years. UNAIDS figures for 2013 also show that 240,000 children became infected with HIV because only a few mothers with HIV had access to proper treatment.

Ghana Web reveals that Victoria Beckham has been involved in various humanitarian projects in the past. She also has a long-term interest in AIDS-related activities. She has been a supporter of the Elton John AIDS Foundation for over a decade and plans to reach a wider network through her efforts at UNAIDS. Beckham has also worked alongside other celebrities in fighting AIDS, such as George Michael, Annie Lennox, tennis star Boris Becker, actresses Elizabeth Hurley and Emma Thompson, and her husband, David Beckham.

“As a woman and a mother, I have a responsibility to support other women.I am proud and honoured to be working with UNAIDS in this new role to help to raise awareness to support and empower women and children affected by HIV,” Victoria said in a press release statement on the UNAIDS website.

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