Mohd Asyraf Rusmizam
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
KUALA LUMPUR, 8 JULY 2020 – The Malaysian AIDS Council (MAC) congratulates the Vice President of MAC, Prof. Dato’ Dr. Adeeba Kamarulzaman, the newly appointed President of the International AIDS Society (IAS) for IAS Governing Council 2020-2022. The inauguration was done at the IAS General Members’ Meeting in line with the IAS Conference AIDS2020:Virtual.
A graduate of Monash University and trained in Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases in Melbourne, Prof. Adeeba Kamarulzaman established the Infectious Diseases Unit at the University of Malaya, and is an Adjunct Associate Professor at Yale University and Adjunct Professor at Tulane Universit.
She has been actively involved in the community response to HIV/AIDS in Malaysia, and extremely committed to her clinical and academic pursuits. She continues to lead the advocacy for harm reduction measures to address HIV issues amongst people who inject drugs in Malaysia. She served as the President of MAC from 2006 to 2010, and continues to serve as an Executive Committee member. She remains as the Chairman of the Malaysian AIDS Foundation, raising funds for HIV prevention, treatment and care programmes implemented by the Malaysian AIDS Council.
In 2008, she established the Centre of Excellence for Research in AIDS (CERiA) at the University of Malaya. CERiA’s main role is to conduct research activities that include clinical and basic science studies, epidemiological as well as soci0-behavioural research focusing on key populations Malaysia, particularly people who use drugs, prisoners, and men who have sex with men.
Prof. Adeeba has also been involved in several regional and international organizations including TREAT Asia, the International Society of Infectious Diseases, and was Co-Chair of the WHO Strategic and Technical Advisory Committee (STAC) on HIV. She was the Scientific Co-Chair of the XVII International AIDS Conference in Vienna in 2010 and in 2013 was the local host for the 7th IAS Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention in Kuala Lumpur. In April 2015 she was honoured with an Honorary Doctor of Laws from her alma mater, Monash University, for her outstanding achievements in medicine.
About Malaysian AIDS Council
Malaysian AIDS Council (Malay: Majlis AIDS Malaysia, abbrev: MAC) was established in 1992 under the Ministry of Health (MOH) with a mission to represent, mobilise and strengthen nongovernmental organisations and communities who were working with HIV/AIDS issues. MAC works with its partner organisations in a diverse range of activities from advocating and policy reforms; developing awareness and communication materials; creating public awareness campaigns; conducting and organising workshops and seminars; rolling out prevention and education programmes; providing care and support services and psychological counselling.
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