David Beckham has handed over temporary control of his Instagram account to a doctor in war-torn Ukraine to highlight the challenging working conditions there.
In the hours following Sunday’s announcement by the football legend and UNICEF ambassador, Beckham’s Instagram stories are filled with footage and photographs, in which Irina – the head of a perinatal center and a child anesthesiologist in the country’s east of Kharkiv city – is seen in her Tells about work. in the most difficult circumstances.
Beckham’s 71.5 million Instagram followers learned that since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine last month, Irina and many like her have been working round the clock to look after mothers and their newborns during a constant threat of attack from the Russian military .
“The first few days were the hardest,” Irina says in one story, “because we had to deal with bombings and attacks.”
Ukrainian doctor Irina (far left) is using Beckham’s Instagram account to highlight the challenging circumstances facing her team and the people who help them.
Irina noted that UNICEF has been supplying Ukraine with vital supplies for many years and has built up an efficient logistics network in that time, although the strength of that network is being tested critically under the current circumstances.
“We are probably risking our lives, but we don’t think about it at all. We love our work,” Irina says in one story, “thanks to the whole world for the support.”
Former England international Beckham has been a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador for the past 17 years, and launched in 2015 7: David Beckham UNICEF Fund With the aim of helping vulnerable children reach their true potential.
“I am handing over my social media to Irina, the head of the regional perinatal center in Kharkiv, Ukraine,” the former LA Galaxy player and current co-owner of Inter Miami CF said in a video posted to her Instagram account on Sunday. , “There, she is working with expectant mothers to help them give birth safely.”
Beckham said: “Thank you for your donation, the oxygen generators they’ve got are helping newborns survive in appalling conditions. The amazing work Irina and health workers like her are doing to save lives, Visit my stories to learn more about him. Please continue to support these incredible people and charities like UNICEF in any way you can. Together we can really make a difference.”