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A PROSTANITA member shares HIV and AIDS education she has learnt with her twenty-year old daughter in-law.

PROSTANITA Women’s Peer-to-Peer Education
UNICEF is working with the Ministry of Health to ensure that marginalised women and mothers from lower income groups are equipped with skills and knowledge that will sustain and support them and their children from the harm of HIV and AIDS.

A women’s peer-to-peer pilot program was initiated in the state of Kedah in 2006 at low-cost flats in Sungei Petani. Adopting a non-judgemental manner, the program helps women identify ways in which they can actively participate to create a supportive environment for HIV education and counseling in their community, including Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission (PMTCT).

Activities are tailored to the interest of women living in these areas, and include cooking and craft making demonstrations, and grooming lessons. HIV and AIDS messages are introduced to the women through these sessions. A phone line was also established in the community to encourage women to seek health related services or to simply provide answers regarding HIV and AIDS.

3R-UNICEF All Women’s Futsal Playoffs
Under the banner of “Unite for Children, Unite Against AIDS”, UNICEF and its National Goodwill Ambassadors, the 3R TV hosts initiated the “3R-UNICEF All Women’s Futsal Playoffs” in 2006 to provide HIV information and education to women and girls in Malaysia, using sport as a platform. The program also provides young women an opportunity to have fun while allowing them the space to develop a sense of self-sufficiency, personal autonomy and leadership.

In 2007, 3R and UNICEF have expanded the program to cover three states, namely Johor Bahru, Kuala Lumpur and Penang. The 2007 program for girls is supported by Manchester United FC through it United for UNICEF partnership.

 

 

 

 

Ministry of Health & UNICEF Report 2008

Women and Girls Confronting HIV and AIDS in Malaysia, 2008. Read 


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