Call for Expression of Interest (EOI) from Individual Consultant/s to develop HIV Position Paper-Treatment as Prevention
Since 1986 when the first HIV case was discovered in Malaysia, HIV has become one of the country’s most serious health and development challenges. Malaysia has a concentrated epidemic among Key Populations with estimated HIV prevalence’s of 16.3% (IBBS 2014) among People Who Inject Drugs (PWID), 8.9% among Men who have sex with Men (MSM), 5.6% among Transgenders (TG) individuals and 7.3% among Female Sex Workers (FSW). At the beginning of the epidemic, HIV mostly spread through sharing of needles among PWID. However, there is a shift towards sexual transmission observed in recent years. Notification of infections through injecting drug use has declined significantly from 60-75% in the 1990s to 11.1% in 2016 while notification through sexual transmission has increased from about 5% in the 1990s to 84.3% in 2016 (MOH 2016). Through sustained efforts by government and non-government agencies, there has been a significant reduction of new cases by almost half from 28.4 cases per 100,000 people in 2002 to 11.0 cases per 100,000 people in 2016 (MOH 2016). The number of People Living with HIV (PLHIV) in 2016 was estimated at 97,586. At the end 2016, about 37%-40% of the estimated number of PLHIV has been enrolled in treatment.
The Ministry of Health (MOH), National Strategic Plan for Ending AIDS(NSPEA) 2016-2030 seeks to address challenges in achieving fast tracking of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2020:
The need for efficient engagement in HIV care is more evident than ever because of the expansion of earlier ART initiation and the shift towards ‘Test and Treat’. The Community Based Testing has been implemented in various sites in Malaysia with an aim to identify PLHIV and to effectively link them to HIV treatment programmes.
To improve and expand access to HIV prevention tools and strategies for key affected populations, MAC endeavours to develop position papers that will provide critical analysis of current facts, data and research literature that communicates the current HIV trend and emerging issues.
The Treatment as Prevention position paper will state the values that underpin HIV/AIDS and issues related to it. The objective is to consult on, identify, agree and commit to a set of values that support the HIV prevention, treatment and care programmes in Malaysia.
In general, the Position paper will seek to initiate a process to:
The position paper will:
Consultancy rate is based on qualification and experience. Candidates with strong background in Public Health, HIV/AIDS work, and possess project assessment/evaluation skills are encouraged to apply with proposed budget.
Duration of the Consultant Assignment
A total number of 10 days of engagement. However, the timeline is subject to changes to suit the consultant’s time flexibility no later than 20th March 2018.
Criteria for the Consultant
MAC encourages members of Partner Organisations and PLHIV to apply.