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Economic Planning Unit (EPU), Prime Minister’s Department
The EPU works towards improving the quality of life of all Malaysians and promotes balanced and sustainable development through effective development planning. In addition, the EPU strengthens internal resilience and international competitiveness and promotes optimum utilisation of available resources. The EPU is the focal point for UNICEF's planning in Malaysia.
Ministry of Health (MoH)
The MoH builds partnerships for health to facilitate and support the people in Malaysia to attain good health and enjoy a better quality of life. UNICEF has worked with the MoH since 1954 in child and maternal health and nutrition. Today, UNICEF supports the MoH response to HIV/AIDS and health programs for marginalised and vulnerable children.
AIDS/STD Section, Ministry of Health
Based on public health principles, the AIDS/STD Section strives to create a community free from HIV/AIDS and other STDs. The Section was established in 1993 as a result of restructuring of the Disease Control Division and Department of Public Health. Currently there are 3 units under the Section namely prevention and health promotion, surveillance and care. The Section serves as a coordinating body, a funder, a program and service manager, an information centre, and an advocate for other agencies, Government and non-government, in combating AIDS/STD. UNICEF works with the AIDS/STD Section to provide policy level support for the National Strategic Plan on HIV/AIDS 2006-2010 and for high-level transfer of know-how on the setting up and management of surveillance and monitoring systems for HIV/AIDS as well as on harm reduction.
PROSTAR Program, Ministry of Health
PROSTAR is the abbreviation for “Program Sihat Tanpa AIDS untuk Remaja” (Healthy Program without AIDS for Youth). This program was introduced by the Ministry of Health in 1996 in its efforts towards solving the AIDS problem amongst youth. The program, which has the theme, ‘Action by Youth, for Youth and Through Youth’ uses peer education to disseminate messages. Since 2004, UNICEF partners with PROSTAR clubs in 6 districts in Kedah state to provide outreach services to out-of-school youth.
Family Health Development Division, Ministry of Health
The Family Health Development Division was initiated in 1956 as a Maternal and Child Health Unit providing basic care for mother and child. In 1996, the program was expanded to cover the life cycle of a family, from birth to death. Amongst the many achievements of the Division is the impressive reduction in under five child mortality rate and maternal mortality rate which today are comparable to that of industrialised countries. UNICEF works with the Division to improve the early identification of autism amongst toddlers so that early interventions to benefit the child can be instituted. UNICEF will also collaborate with the Division to provide health care services related to sexual reproductive health for children with special needs in view of their vulnerability to sexual exploitation.
Institute of Health Management (IHM), Ministry of Health
IHM was established by the Ministry of Health in 2000 for the purpose of training, research and consultancy in health management. It is one of seven Institutes under the Government’s National Institutes of Health (NIH). The Institute recently achieved MS ISO 9001:2000, Cofrac (France) and UKAS (UK) certifications for all its core businesses. In 2005, UNICEF in Malaysia partnered with IHM to create the IHM-UNICEF Collaborative Centre for Health Policy, Enhancement and Appraisal. The IHM-UNICEF Collaborative Centre will undertake, amongst others, a review of Malaysia’s prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV program, a study on children orphaned by AIDS in Malaysia as well as Malaysia's first national survey for injury and accidents.
Ministry of Education (MoE)
MoE is responsible for the development of a world class quality education system which will realise the full potential of the individual and fulfil the aspiration of all Malaysians. The MoE ensures that all children in Malaysia have equal education opportunities. UNICEF works with the MOE to introduce life-skills based education and emergency preparedness for school-going children as well as remedial education for Malaysia’s Orang Asli children.
Curriculum Development Centre, Ministry of Education
The CDC, which was established as a Division in the Ministry of Education in 1974, is responsible for developing the national school curriculum in line with the National Education Philosophy. The New Primary School Curriculum in 1982 and the Integrated Curriculum for Secondary School in 1988 are among the Division’s major achievements. CDC and UNICEF will work together to develop a HIV/AIDS Life-Skills Based Education module which is expected to be rolled out nationwide as well as special remedial education programs for Malaysia’s Orang Asli and other indigenous children.
Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development (KPWKM)
The KPWKM is the Government’s focal point to achieve gender equality, family development and a caring society as the basis for the formation of a developed nation. Amongst others, KPWKM promotes the interest of women and their participation in national development and coordinates the family development program. The main Departments of KPWKM are the Department of Women's Development, National Population and Family Development Board, Social Welfare Department and the Social Institute of Malaysia. The Ministry is responsible for reporting on the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) and the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) as well as the development of the National Plan of Action for Children.
Social Welfare Department, Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development
The Social Welfare Department was established in 1946 with the task to create a caring Malaysian society. The Department deals mainly with welfare services and is responsible for the National Social Welfare Policy. Amongst others, the Department also provides care and rehabilitation to vulnerable communities including children, families, the disabled, victims of natural disasters and the aged. In 2006, UNICEF will continue its partnership with the Social Welfare Department to provide training for para-counsellors and court advisors as well as document Malaysia's best practices on child participation.
Ministry of Youth and Sports (MoYS)
The MoYS, formerly the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports, was established in 1964. The Ministry's main function is to contribute to the development of youth policy, through its position as chair of the National Youth Consultative Council (NYCC), and to serve as the policy’s key implementation body. Youth-focused programs carried out by the MoYS include skills training, youth economic development, youth NGO development, and the Rakan Muda (Youth Partners) program. UNICEF, in partnership with the MoYS Rakan Muda program, will establish a nationwide network of youth volunteers for emergency preparedness. Around 3,000 youth aged between 18 and 25 years old are trained in leadership skills and mobilised to contribute to community building as well as emergency preparedness and response planning.
Community Development Division (KEMAS), Ministry of Rural & Regional Development
KEMAS, a division in the Ministry of Rural and Regional Development, was established in 1972 to develop rural people, especially in remote areas, focusing on family development, including home economics, nutrition and family health as well as community pre-school child care centres and adult literacy programs. Early Childhood Education Programs, for regional and rural Malaysia, remain the core business of KEMAS. UNICEF and KEMAS are working hand-in-hand to meet the needs of rural children with special needs. The program will develop specialised preschool curriculum; improve the knowledge and understanding of targeted preschool teachers; and enhance the knowledge and skills of the parents of children with special needs.
Department of Islamic Development Malaysia (JAKIM)
JAKIM is a Government institution which was set up to assist in the creation of a progressive “ummah” based on Islamic principles that are in line with the Malaysian vision. Amongst others, JAKIM is responsible for formulating policies, streamlining laws and regulations and implementing programs for the advancement of Islamic affairs in the country. UNICEF works with JAKIM to review existing pre-marriage and parenting training modules to include information and education to prevent violence, exploitation and abuse of children.
Human Rights Commission, Malaysia (SUHAKAM)
SUHAKAM was established under the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia Act 1999, Act 597. SUHAKAM promotes awareness of and provides education relating to human rights; inquires into complaints regarding infringements of human rights as well as advises and assists the Government in formulating legislation and procedures and recommends the necessary measures to be taken. UNICEF works with SUHAKAM on programs relating to violence and human trafficking as well as programs to educate Malaysians about the Convention on the Rights of the Child.