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World AIDS Day event to mobilise women to Unite for an AIDS-free generation

MEDIA INVITATION

What:
Brunch: Women Unite!
in conjunction with World AIDS Day 2008

• Launch of the Ministry of Health and UNICEF Report 2008:
  “Women and Girls Confronting HIV and AIDS in Malaysia”

• Premiere of “Women Unite” – A UNICEF Malaysia
   mini-documentary on Children, AIDS and Stigma

When:  
Thursday, 4 December 2008   ●   9:00 am – 12:00 noon

Who:  
• H.H. Dato’ Seri Tunku Puteri Intan Safinaz
  The Princess of Kedah and
  Chairperson, Sultanah Bahiyah Foundation

• YBhg Dato’ Dr Hasan bin Abdul Rahman
   Director, Disease Control Division, Ministry of Health

• Mr. Youssouf Oomar
  UNICEF Representative to Malaysia

Where: 
Carcosa @ Carcosa Seri Negara
Taman Tasik Perdana, Kuala Lumpur

Why:
Women today account for half of all people living with HIV worldwide (UNAIDS). In Malaysia, the picture is worrisome, where the number of women newly infected with HIV has increased from 197 in 1997 to 745 in 2007 (Ministry of Health), a quadrupling in the period of 10 years. Women and girls in 2007 constituted 16.3 percent of all newly-infected people in Malaysia (Ministry of Health).

As the number of HIV infections rise among women, it is their children who will suffer the most, as they may be born HIV-positive or may lose their mothers to AIDS too early in life.

The vulnerability of children and women increases manifold as a result of stigma and discrimination in society. All relevant stakeholders have a responsibility to address the increasing feminisation of HIV in Malaysia, by reducing discrimination and enhancing the protective environment for women and children.

The Ministry of Health, civil society, UNICEF and its sister agencies are working together to respond to the feminisation of HIV in priority areas identified in Strategy 4 of the National Strategic Plan 2006-2010, which focuses on reducing vulnerability among women, young people and children.

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NOTE TO EDITORS:

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) invites a journalist and photographer / TV crew from your media agency to attend our World AIDS Day brunch to advocate for greater responsibility from all sectors of society to address the increasing feminisation of HIV in Malaysia.   

This is a sit-down served breakfast program.
Kindly RSVP to UNICEF before Mon, 1 December to facilitate our food and seating arrangements. Thank you for understanding.

For more information:

Indra Nadchatram, UNICEF Malaysia 
(603) 2095 9157 • (+6) 013 3663452 • inadchatram@unicef.org

Shiao Eek, Tee, UNICEF Malaysia
(603) 2095 9154 • (+6) 012 2070138 • setee@unicef.org 

 

 

 

 

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