About Malaysian AIDS Council

About Malaysian AIDS Council

Overview

The Malaysian AIDS Council (MAC) was established in 1992 to serve as an umbrella organisation to support and coordinate the efforts of non-governmental and other organisations working on HIV/AIDS issues in Malaysia. MAC works in partnership with government agencies, the private sector and international organisations to ensure a committed and effective response to HIV/AIDS issues in Malaysia.

MAC, comprising the Secretariat and its Partner Organisations, provides nationwide coverage of community-based HIV services and serves as the common voice for the communities served. Besides coordinating and streamlining programmes of its Partner Organisations, the MAC Secretariat also provides these organisations with the necessary training, funds and other resources to implement effective HIV/AIDS programmes within various communities in Malaysia.

The Secretariat helps to facilitate the activities of its Partner Organisations in:

  • Coordinating HIV/AIDS programmes through structured annual programme planning with the goal of reducing HIV vulnerability in key affected populations via prevention, care and support interventions.
  • Capacity-building through training, programme management, financial, advocacy and technical (Secretariat Capacity Building process).
  • Advocacy with other stakeholders (other NGOs, networks, government agencies and private sector bodies) to instill a sense of urgency of HIV/AIDS and create an enabling environment for effective responses.

Objectives

  • Increase awareness of HIV/AIDS
  • Prevent the spread of HIV
  • Eliminate discrimination, stigma and prejudice associated with HIV/AIDS
  • Promote and protect the rights of those made vulnerable by HIV/AIDS
  • Ensure the highest possible quality of life for those with HIV/AIDS
  • Provide care and support to individuals with HIV/AIDS

Vision

A society free from the negative impact of HIV and AIDS where the AIDS epidemic is under control through comprehensive prevention, treatment, care, support and impact alleviation services particularly for the most vulnerable and marginalised populations.

Mission

The mission of the Malaysian AIDS Council is to represent, mobilise and strengthen non-governmental organisations and communities to ensure political commitment and effective response in a supportive environment at national and local levels. In scaling up its unified efforts, the Malaysian AIDS Council will work in partnership with government, private sector, international organisations and people living with HIV.

Timeline

  • 1986

    The first case of HIV was reported in Malaysia.
  • 1988

    Two HIV cases were detected in females. These are the first female HIV cases in the country.
  • 1991

    The Highly Active Anti-Retroviral Therapy (HAART) was introduced by the Ministry of Health Malaysia (MOH) for clinical management of HIV.
  • 1992

    The Malaysian AIDS Council (MAC) – formerly known as Majlis Badan Bukan Kerajaan Mengenai AIDS – was established by MOH, as an umbrella body to (then) seven NGOs to spearhead the fight against HIV and AIDS. Datuk Dr Subramaniam was the first President of MAC.
  • 1993

    The Malaysian AIDS Foundation (MAF) was formed and officially launched by Her Royal Highness, the DYMM Seri Paduka Baginda Raja Permaisuri Agung Tuanku Bainun on 13 February 1993.
  • 1994

    Datin Paduka Marina Mahathir was elected as the second President of MAC, a position she held until 2005.
  • 1996

    The Paediatric AIDS Fund, to aid children living with or affected by HIV, was launched. The first Red Ribbon Gala was held by the MAF. It has since then become a biennial tradition that serves as a major fundraiser for MAF. The Tun Dr Siti Hasmah Award and the Red Ribbon Media Awards were also held as part of the Gala.
  • 1998

    The Medicine Assistance Scheme, to provide anti-retroviral medicines to underprivileged Malaysians living with HIV, was launched by MAF.
  • 1999

    MAC organised the 5th International Congress on AIDS in Asia and the Pacific (ICAAP), themed “the Next Millennium – Taking Stock and Moving Forward”.
  • 2001

    MOH initiated the “Islam & HIV/AIDS”, an advocacy initiative that encourages participation of religious authorities in the national HIV and AIDS agenda, with the support of MAC. This would later be strengthened by the Department of Islamic Development Malaysia (JAKIM) as "HIV & Islam". “Code of Practice on Prevention and Management of HIV/AIDS at the Workplace” was developed and launched by the Department of Occupational Safety and Health, Ministry of Human Resources Malaysia, in collaboration with MAC.
  • 2003

    MAF was formally incorporated under the Trustees (Incorporation) Act 1952. YABhg Datin Paduka Seri Rosmah Mansor was made Patron. “Ride for Life”, the biannual charity cycling tour to raise funds for MAF was launched. The inaugural race leg was between Kuala Lumpur and Johor Bahru.
  • 2005

    The Malaysia National Strategic Plan on HIV/AIDS 2006-2010 was developed by MOH to provide a framework for Malaysia’s response to HIV/AIDS over five years.
  • 2006

    Prof Dr Adeeba Kamarulzaman became the third President of MAC. Harm Reduction programme for drug users was fully developed and initiated through a task force of multiple stakeholders. Its services are chiefly the needle & syringe exchange programme and methadone maintenance therapy. First line anti-retroviral medicines became accessible at no charge for all Malaysians requiring HIV treatment from government hospitals and clinics. The 1st National AIDS Conference was organised by The Malaysian Society of HIV Medicine and the Public Health Physicians of Malaysia.
  • 2008

    Standard Chartered Bank Malaysia Berhad pledged RM1.18 million to the Standard Chartered Paediatric AIDS Fund in collaboration with MAF.
  • 2009

    The national level International AIDS Memorial Day observance, a first of its kind, was held at the Masjid Wilayah Kuala Lumpur. Led by JAKIM and MAC, it gathered over 1,000 religious leaders of multiple faiths, key government officials and communities affected by HIV to offer prayers for lives lost to AIDS. L’Oreal Malaysia pledged RM150,000 to the Keep in School Scheme (KISS) in partnership with MAF. The launch of Red Ribbon Celebrity Supporters Programme. Through a collaboration with the MOH, MAC successfully conducted an Integrated Bio-Behavioural Surveillance Study on marginalised communities.
  • 2010

    Tan Sri Mohd Zaman Khan became the fourth President of MAC. The HIV & Islam Manual, an effort to institutionalise HIV/AIDS education in the formal training of religious leaders, was launched by JAKIM and MOH. It was co-developed by MAC.
  • 2011

    AIDS was included in the list of critical illnesses in the broadened Employee Provident Fund (EPF) health withdrawal scheme.