Policy and technical support
© UNICEF Malaysia/2006/Nadchatram
A counsellor providing HIV preventive education.
National Strategic Plan (NSP) for HIV and AIDS 2006-2010
UNICEF worked with the Government of Malaysia to prepare the Government's National Strategic Plan (NSP) for HIV and AIDS 2006-2010. The Malaysian response to HIV is both complementary to the 9th Malaysia Plan and in line with the Government’s broader commitments to the outcomes of the UN General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) on HIV and AIDS 2001 and the Millennium Development Goals.
UNICEF has also supported the Government's process to develop a Plan of Action to the NSP 2006-2010. The NSP provides an appropriate balance between prevention, treatment and care with priority areas focused on:
- Strengthening leadership and advocacy
- Training and capacity enhancement
- Injecting drug users and their partners
- Reducing HIV vulnerability of young people and children
- Marginalised and vulnerable populations
- Improving access to diagnostics, treatment and care
The Ministry of Health is responsible for the implementation of the NSP. A National AIDS Task Force, chaired by the Deputy Prime Minister, will provide oversight of the NSP.
Harm reduction for injecting drug users
UNICEF is an active partner in the Government’s Harm Reduction program which comprise of needle syringe and condom distribution along with methadone substitution targeted at injecting drug users. Amongst others, UNICEF engagement under the program will enhance collaboration, at a senior level, between law enforcement and other arms of Government to ensure the Harm Reduction initiative is supported by complementary policy frameworks and operating procedures for front line practitioners. UNICEF's support will also include the design and maintenance of a website to provide the latest information, guidelines and updates on the program to project stakeholders in Malaysia. The website will act as a clearing house for harm reduction in Malaysia.
Surveillance and monitoring systems for HIV
UNICEF is working with the Ministry of Health (MOH) to enhance its surveillance, monitoring and evaluation systems and to ensure policy and program developed by the MOH is based on evidence, research and high quality analysis. This includes the Harm Reduction program.