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Victoria Beckham shares candid pictures from her UN trip to South Africa

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Victoria Beckham is currently in the midst of her first trip to South Africa as a UN goodwill ambassador for AIDS charity UNAIDS and she's been logging her journey and time with women and children in the region on Twitter. 

The fashion designer, mother and former Spice Girl, 40, posted an image of herself with a young baby and spoke of the work Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF) has done, helping over 60,000 mothers give birth to HIV free babies in past three years.

She shared another image of herself speaking to a doctor in Soweto discussing the protection of babies against HIV and with community workers at Anova Health Institute, which provides support in HIV facilities across South Africa.

The star also tweeted a picture of herself doing graffiti on the wall of an education centre, writing, "Education + art = Aids free future".

Beckham was named a Goodwill Ambassador for UNAIDS, the UN's HIV and AIDS charity, last month saying she was "honoured" to take on the role. 

"This is the beginning of an important journey for me. As a woman and a mother I have a responsibility to support other women," she continued in a speech during the UN General Assembly at the UN Headquarters in New York last month. 

"For some reason, people will listen to what I have to say. So I'm going to speak on behalf of the incredible women and the incredible charities that are working so hard in these countries. I'm going to lend my voice."

She previously visited South Africa in February this year to learn about antiretroviral clinics in Cape Town, which help mothers reduce the risk of passing on HIV to their children as well as suppressing the virus in those already infected.

She commented at the time her ambassador rule with the UN was announced, that "I've always been involved [in AIDS campaigning] but in the background. And when I was lucky enough to visit South Africa a few months ago, it changed how I feel. I came home thinking 'I have a responsibility.'"

"I'm learning. I have people mentoring me. I'm going back to South Africa in a few weeks and then further afield next year," she said at the time. "I'm doing everything I can do. I would do anything for my children and I think every woman has the right to do what she can for her children." 

Victoria Beckham will work on a campaign which aims to help every child to be born HIV free. In August, Victoria sold 600 items from her own wardrobe on TheOutnet.com to raise money and awareness for mothers living with HIV in sub-Saharan Africa.

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