Victoria Beckham and Brooklyn Beckham Raise HIV Awareness in Kenya
Their three-day mission to Kenya with UNAIDS and Born Free America was focused on preventing new HIV infections among newborns and keeping expecting mothers healthy. The Beckhams also advocated for HIV testing and treatment for adolescents, with a focus on the health of young women.
Victoria and Brooklyn met with health workers to understand the landscape of HIV prevention in Kenya and spent time with children, speaking with community members affected by the virus, to listen to their experiences. Thanks to the joined efforts of the organizations, new infections have decreased globally by more than 50 percent since 2009, and the number of children infected with HIV in Kenya has decreased from 27,000 in 2009 to 6,000.
Brooklyn used his athletic abilities to take part in a national football campaign called “Maisha Kick Out HIV Stigma” in an attempt to motivate young people to get tested for HIV and learn more about HIV/AIDS prevention.
“We have come such a long way together to overcome AIDS—we know the facts, we have the tools, but we need commitment, action and funding to see this through!” said Victoria. “Ending AIDS can happen, but will only happen if we join together and end all forms of stigma and discrimination.”
See photos from their trip to Kenya in the gallery at the top of the page. Download the free Donate A Photo app via Johnson & Johnson, which will donate $1 towards fighting mother-to-child transmission of HIV with the simple share of a photo.