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What is #EndingAIDS?
The Ending AIDS Campaign is a rallying call to every Malaysian to make positive changes in the society. We need to do the best that we can to stop the HIV and AIDS epidemic and preserve the dignity and uphold the rights of People Living with HIV. The Ending AIDS encourages the Malaysian public to make a contribution of just RM 20 per month because we believe that even the smallest donation will make a big impact if we pool our resources together.
Ending AIDS is actually spearheaded by the Malaysian AIDS Foundation to establish a more rooted relationship with donors in raising awareness and fundraise in the advocacy and efforts of ending aids.
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People Living with HIV in Malaysia
The Malaysian AIDS Foundation is launching this fundraising campaign to support more than 75,040 People Living with HIV in Malaysia – many of whom are from underprivileged backgrounds with limited access to basic health care and suffer stigma and discrimination attached to HIV & AIDS – in the workplace, public services and even education sector.
Grants are channelled through MAF’s special TCS schemes that help to alleviate socio-economic and other negative impact of HIV. These include the Paediatric AIDS Fund that is devoted to helping poor children infected and affected by HIV/AIDS – from newborn until 12 years old –with a small monthly allowance to meet their daily needs so that they are not deprived of a normal childhood; PAL Scheme that provides medicine assistance for underprivileged adults living with HIV; and Shelter Homes for children, women and men living with HIV who are bereft of family care.
PLHIV are particularly vulnerable to poverty and face insurmountable challenges due to stigma and discrimination. Women, who became infected from their spouses, face real threats of abandonment, rejection and isolation from their family and community. Not to mention those who lost their jobs, or orphans who were abandoned by their extended family due to the association with HIV/AIDS.
While MAF is committed to push for permanent changes in policy and practices that can result in positive impact on the lives of People Living with HIV, we also actively encourage them to take up solid action to improve their life skills and provide opportunities for them to start small businesses. One such programme is the MyLady Assistance Scheme in aid of women and single mothers living with or affected by HIV. We use proceeds from our fundraisers to set up a grant for them to start up small-scale businesses and develop their vocational skills. In addition, we assist them to get job referrals through peer support and link them with potential employers for on-the-job training.
Discrimination at the workplace is still a contentious issue even until today. PLHIV continue to lose their jobs due to their status. Many employers are still resistant to the idea of hiring PLHIV and hold on to the notion that PLHIV are unproductive.
We channel funds to support advocacy efforts that promote the creation of an enabling environment for employees and professionals living with HIV to thrive and succeed. Working towards meeting this goal, MAF has initiated a set of policies and guidelines to normalise HIV/AIDS at the workplace – through our Malaysian Business Consortium on HIV/AIDS (MBCH) – and joint workplace policy development with the Ministry of Human Resources.
An integral part of the Ending AIDS Campaign is a survey about HIV and AIDS that we carry out through our donation portal. Results from this survey will give a clear picture about the level of HIV/AIDS awareness among the Malaysian public and help us to design a better HIV/AIDS education campaign in the future.