About Malaysian AIDS Foundation
The Malaysian AIDS Foundation (MAF) was formed in 1993 to raise and administer funds to support the activities and programmes of Malaysian AIDS Council (MAF) and its Partner Organisations. MAF was formally incorporated under the Trustees (Incorporation) Act 1952 on May 13, 2003, under the patronage of YABhg Datin Paduka Seri Rosmah Mansor. MAF supports the activities of MAC and its Partner Organisations across the country to implement projects funded by the Ministry of Health and other funding bodies. These include shelter homes for People Living with HIV, including women and children who have been abandoned by their families, outreach programmes for marginalised communities and needle and syringe exchange programme (NSEP) for injecting drug users.
Objectives of the Malaysian AIDS Foundation
- Prevent the spread of HIV in Malaysia;
- Increase public awareness and knowledge on HIV issues;
- Support Malaysians living with HIV, including women and children orphaned or made vulnerble by AIDS; and
- Protect the rights of PLHIV who may suffer discrimination due to their HIV status
LET’S ACT AGAINST AIDS!
The Act Against AIDS is an awareness and fundraising campaign that aim to address the AIDS epidemic and its impact on the lives of every Malaysians.
Malaysian AIDS Foundation is compelled to launch this fundraising campaign because there is a growing perception in this country that the HIV and AIDS battle has been won, and the we are ready to move forward and address many other healthcare issues. While we are certainly proud of the many great achievements that has been made for the past 30 years, this is certainly not the time for us to put HIV and AIDS in the back burner. Malaysia currently record 9 new HIV infections per day, and the epidemic is now being driven by sexual transmission, which means that young people are now facing much greater risk of getting infected. We are not doing enough to educate our young people about the risks associated with HIV and AIDS, and it is a potential healthare time bomb if we do not act fast enough.
We should also be aware about the plight of more than 80,000 People Living with HIV in Malaysia - many of whom are from underprivileged backgrounds with The Act Against AIDS is an awareness and fundraising campaign that aim to address the AIDS epidemic and its impact on the lives of every Malaysians.limited access to basic health care and suffer stigma and discrimination attached to HIV & AIDS – in work place, in public services, even in education sector. The epidemic is also affecting children and young people. The impact of HIV and AIDS on children is seen most dramatically in the numbers of children and adolescents orphaned by AIDS. They are deemed the most vulnerable because they face grave risks to their education, health, and well-being. Many more children live with parents who are chronically ill, live in households that have taken in orphans or have lost their family members to AIDS and they are all equally affected by the epidemic.
The Act Againts AIDS Campaign is a rallying call every Malaysian to make a postive changes in the society.
We need to do the best that we can to stop the HIV and AIDS epidemic and preserve the dignity and uphold the rights of every People Living with HIV.