Malaysian AIDS Council, 2011. 28 p.
Malaysian AIDS Council
Department of Islamic Development Malaysia
Malaysia. Federal Territory Islamic Council
Malaysia. Selangor Islamic Council
Malaysia. Ministry of Health
The national response to the HIV and AIDS epidemic in Malaysia, which hits the predominantly Malay Muslim population hardest, calls for greater involvement of religious authorities to enhance the roles played by the public health sector and lateral grassroots partners in addressing the issues faced by people living with HIV (PLHIV) and other most-at-risk populations (MARP). Recognising the low level of engagement of Islamic religious authorities in the community-based responses to HIV and AIDS, Malaysian AIDS Council (MAC) took the pragmatic approach of building strategic partnerships with national and state level religious departments. What was born out of this initiative was the HIV & Islam programme in 2009, which broke new grounds in amplifying the visibility of Islamic authorities leading the efforts to address the needs of Muslim PLHIV and other MARPs. The objectives of the programme were: to increase political leadership among Muslim leaders to address issues related to HIV and AIDS in Malaysia; to educate religious officers and leaders and the greater Muslim public on HIV and AIDS and issues affecting people living with HIV and other most at-risk populations; to harmonise efforts with relevant stakeholders and partners to address the gaps in the socio-economic and healthcare needs of people living with HIV and other most at-risk populations in the Muslim community; to provide a review of policies related to the management of HIV and AIDS to reduce stigma and discrimination that negatively impact on access to appropriate HIV and AIDS treatment, care and support services in the Muslim community. This brief presents an overview of activities and achievements of the programme.
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