Effective collaboration with Malaysia Aids Foundation see number of HIV infected cases drop by 50% in 10 years

PETALING JAYA, Malaysia (Sin Chew Daily/ ANN) - The number of new HIV infected cases have dropped by 50% in the past 10 years. Deputy Health Minister Dr Lee Boon Chye has attributed the success to the strong partnership ties Health Ministry established with non-governmental organisations (NGOs) led by Malaysia AIDS Council and Malaysia AIDS Foundation (MAF).

 The number of new HIV cases have been reduced by 50% in the past 10 years, one of the many achievements in combating AIDS, says Deputy Health Minister Dr Lee Boon Chye.

He attributed the success to the strong partnership ties Health Ministry established with non-governmental organisations (NGOs) led by Malaysia AIDS Council and Malaysia AIDS Foundation (MAF).

He is of the view that in order to achieve the target of zero-AIDS by 2030, the government and NGOs are required to continue with strategic collaborative partnership ties where prevention of AIDS is in the forefront as main task. 

"We will continue our commitment to providing leadership, guidance and resources to our NGO partners for high-impact evidence-based HIV/AIDS programming specific to key populations.

"We recognise the need for increased funding beyond the current RM7 million (US$1.75 million) annual allocation for NGO-led interventions and improved investments to address sexual health," he said at the Red Ribbon Media Awards 2018 organised by MAF in conjunction with its 25th anniversary.

Also present were MAF chairman Prof Datuk Dr Adeeba Kamarulzaman and Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.

MAF presented Outstanding Achievement in Broadcast Media Awards to producers of Astro, BFM89.9 and TRAXX fm.

The winners of Web-based Media Awards are Anne and Wan Nur Izzati Wan Mohd Nor Zaida from MyKampus TV. 

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