HIV AND BUSINESS

The Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), which causes AIDS, was first identified in 1983. Since then, HIV has spread around the world, causing one of the most severe global epidemics of modern time. The initial response was led by the public and non-profit sectors, which have mobilised increasing human and financial resources to combat the disease as well as the impact that HIV/AIDS is having on its workforce. The impact of HIV/AIDS can be managed by implementing a formal HIV/AIDS policy to reduce the risk of contracting HIV/AIDS at the workplace.


THE IMPACT OF HIV ON BUSINESSES

Employers everywhere are asking themselves whether HIV/AIDS has a negative impact on business. The answer is YES.

HIV/AIDS is not purely a health issue; it is also an issue that goes to the very core of business practices. HIV/AIDS has a negative impact on both the business environment (macroeconomic impact) and on the enterprise directly (microeconomic impact). To sum up, the HIV/AIDS epidemic is likely to result in increased costs and declining productivity for firms, which ultimately will lead to declining profits.

To address this concern, Malaysian AIDS Foundation (MAF) has driven the formation of the Malaysian Business Consortium on HIV/AIDS (MBCH), where businesses come together to mitigate the impact of HIV & AIDS in the workplace and also to create as many safe spaces as possible for employees and professionals living with HIV to thrive and succeed.

MBCH is supported by the Department of Occupational Safety & Health (DOSH) of Ministry of Human Resources Malaysia and Ministry of Health Malaysia in line with their National Strategic Plan for Ending AIDS 2016 - 2030.

PRINCIPAL PARTNER OF MBCH

Ministry of Human Resources Malaysia

Ministry of Health Malaysia

GlaxoSmithKline Malaysia

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CORPORATE ADVISER

Petronas

Yayasan Sime Darby

Standard Chartered Global Services

TSH Resources Bhd

MALAYSIAN AIDS FOUNDATION

The Malaysian AIDS Foundation (MAF) was formed in 1993 to raise and administer funds to support the activities and programmes of the Malaysian AIDS Council (MAC) and its Partner Organisations. It was formally incorporated under the Trustees (Incorporation) Act 1952 on May 13, 2003, under the esteemed patronage of YABhg Datin Paduka Seri Rosmah Mansor. These programmes include financial assistance schemes for children and adolescents infected and/or affected by HIV and the medicine assistance scheme to support Malaysians living with HIV in accessing life-saving treatment; as well as community-based HIV & AIDS education, prevention, treatment, care and support programmes nationwide.

Through its activities and programmes, MAF was able to reach out to as many people living with HIV as possible with health services, care and compassion, to improve their quality of life and enable them to contribute positively back to society. MAF also distributes corporate donors’ funds to support projects that have been unable to secure government funding or projects located in parts of the country where resources are scarce.


Prevent

the spread of HIV in Malaysia

Increase

public awareness and knowledge on HIV issues

Support

Malaysians living with HIV, including women and children orphaned or made vulnerable by AIDS

Protect

the rights of PLHIV who may suffer discrimination due to their HIV status

BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF THE MALAYSIAN AIDS FOUNDATION

Chairman
YBhg Professor Dato’ Dr Adeeba Kamarulzaman


Honorary Secretary
Mr Ralph Dixon


Honorary Treasurer
YBhg Dato’ Maznah Abdul Jalil


Trustees
YBhg Professor Datuk Jimmy Choo
YBhg Datuk Lai Voon Hon
En Razak Ahmad
En Ahmad Zakii Anwar
En Bakhtiar Talhah
En Hisham Hussein
Mr Ken Woo Kim Fai

HIV SNAPSHOTS

111916

Total reported HIV


(1986 - 2016)
3397

New HIV infections


reported in 2016
23717

Total reported AIDS


(1986 - 2016)
93089

Total people living with HIV


(1986 - 2016)
18827

Total reported AIDS related deaths


(1986 - 2016)
413

New HIV infections in women & girls


reported in 2016
12578

Total reported HIV in women & girls


(1986 - 2016)
15

New HIV infections in children (<13 years)


reported in 2016
14

New cases of mother-to-child HIV transmission


reported in 2016
1070

Total reported cases of mother-to-child HIV transmission


(1986 - 2016)

THE BUSINESS BENEFITS OF HIV/AIDS WORKPLACE POLICY

Implementing the HIV/AIDS workplace policy in your organisation has the following benefits:

In addition, once hired, People Living with HIV can add significant value to an organisation by providing increased understanding of and insight into target markets and audiences.

Reasons to Partner with the Malaysian AIDS Foundation
Our Credibility & Advantages

1Solid governance

MAF is led by a talented and dedicated Board of Trustees who volunteers their time and expertise to ensure professional stewardship of corporate and public donations that have been made in support of the Foundation.

Our Board comprises prominent and well-respected corporate and civil society leaders who bring with them a wealth of experience in financial management, governance and connections for the benefit of the Foundation.

2Proven track record in grants management

MAF is well-equipped and highly capable to manage large grants and charitable giving by the corporate sectors and international corporation agencies.

We have a dedicated Monitoring & Evaluation Team as well as audit team to ensure that all contributions made by our corporate partners are well spent. Our donor reporting system is also well established and meets the rigorous standard demanded by our donors; both locally and internationally.

Our Corporate Partners:

  • Yayasan Sime Darby
  • M.A.C AIDS Fund
  • GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceutical Malaysia
  • Abbvie Pharmaceutical Malaysia
  • Berjaya Cares Foundation
  • Maybank Group
  • CIMB Foundation
  • Marriott Hotels Malaysia
  • Hilton Hotels Malaysia
  • Petronas
  • L’Oreal Professionnel
  • Shell Malaysia
  • L’Oreal Malaysia
3Well-positioned CSR partner

You can tap MAF’s expertise in running socially-minded programmes to help you achieve your goals for Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). Through partnership with MAF, we can help you to engage and motivate your staff, making them feel that they belong to a socially responsible organisation.

From developing and promoting a programme to building relationships and gaining employee buy-in, we will act as a full partner to ensure your efforts are effective and with our trusted brand, we are also able to promote your CSR profile.

4Long-term positive changes

Your partnership with MAF will pave the way for the start of meaningful changes in your organisation where in the long-term, we can work together to end discriminatory practices against People Living with HIV at the workplace.

5Strategic branding partnership

MAF is a well-regarded brand that represents the best that Malaysian civil society can offer. For more than 20 years, we have helped to shape public opinion about HIV and AIDS and initiate meaningful participation by many large Malaysian corporations on this important healthcare and social issues.

Whether you are looking to sponsor, co-brand or become an official partner, we can add value to your brand. Through channels including events, online campaigns and social media, we can also promote your brand.

JOIN MBCH TODAY

The Malaysian Business Consortium on HIV/AIDS (MBCH) is pleased to invite your esteemed company to benefit from our MBCH programme as a member.

By becoming a member, you will enjoy:

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HIV and AIDS training for your employees

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Policy guidelines

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Access to professional consultation by MAF and Ministry of Human Resources on the planning and implementation of HIV and AIDS workplace policy

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Tax exemption receipt

We offer you three membership packages:

RESOURCES

To learn more, please download the following resources:

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MBCH Brochure

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Act Against AIDS Brochure

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NSPEA 2016-2030