For Immediate Release
KUALA LUMPUR, 17 October 2017 – The Malaysian AIDS Council (MAC) was awarded the Code of Good Governance by the Registry of Societies Malaysia (ROS).
The award was presented by YAB Dato’ Seri Dr. Ahmad Zahid Bin Hamidi, Deputy Prime Minister cum Minister of Home Affairs during the launch of National Societies Carnival 2017 on Friday, 13 October at Dataran Pantai Batu Burok, Kuala Terengganu, Terengganu.
The Code of Good Governance recognises excellence in organisational compliance with the principles of code for good governance outlined by the ROS. Organisations were evaluated based on their performances in fulfilling their roles and aims as well as maintaining the quality of control, efficiency, transparency, and integrity in their actions.
Parimelazhagan Ellan, Executive Director of the MAC said, “This award marks another important milestone in the 25-year long history of the MAC.”
MAC was established in 1992 – six years after the AIDS epidemic began in this country – at the initiative of the Ministry of Health Malaysia to lead the efforts of non-governmental organisations working in the field of HIV and AIDS (Partner Organisations) at the grassroots level. Beginning with just seven, today its membership has grown to 46 Partner Organisations.
In the past decade, the national AIDS response has demonstrated significant progress. New HIV infections declined by more than 50 per cent – from the peak of 28.4 per 100,000 people in 2002 to 11.0 per 100,000 last year – owing to the harm reduction strategy introduced by the Ministry of Health Malaysia in collaboration with MAC.
“This achievement reflects the resilience, unity, and commitment of our Partner Organisations to ending AIDS by 2030.”
He added, “We hope this recognition by the ROS will continue to motivate us and our Partner Organisations to strengthen our resolve in ensuring that key populations most affected by HIV and AIDS gain access to lifesaving HIV healthcare and social protection, and to forge stronger ties with stakeholders across various sectors particularly in addressing the rise in sexual transmission of HIV.”
Malaysian AIDS Council
The Malaysian AIDS Council (MAC) was established in 1992 to serve as an umbrella organisation to support and coordinate the efforts of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) working on HIV and AIDS issues in Malaysia. MAC works in close partnership with government agencies, the private sector and international organisations, to ensure a committed and effective NGO-led response to the HIV epidemic. In addition to providing nationwide coverage of HIV prevention, treatment, care and support services, MAC and its Partner Organisations serve as the common voice for communities most affected by HIV and AIDS in the country. Learn more at www.mac.org.my.
Malaysian AIDS Council
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