It is estimated that 0.4% of the Malaysian population aged between 15 to 49 are living with HIV. That percentage jumps to 25% among people who inject drugs.
We have been working with the Malaysian AIDS Council (MAC) to halt the spread of HIV. Since 2011 MAC has been directly implementing the Community Action on Harm Reduction (CAHR) project, which aims to expand harm reduction services to more than 180,000 injecting drug users, their partners and children in five countries.
MAC also work with other marganlised populations who are most at risk of HIV, including sex workers, transgender people and men who have sex with men. In 2014 they reached over 53,000 people from these marginalised groups.
MAC works with and coordinates community organisations, faith based organisations, youth councils and research bodies. As a result of MAC’s advocacy, a parliamentary select committee on drug policy reform has been established to debate the decriminalisation of drug use. They have also worked closely with religious authorities to provide guidance and information for Muslims living with HIV, producing the HIV & Islam manual.