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Saturday, 7 April 2007 is World Health Day.

Health leads to security; insecurity leads to poor health.

MEDIA ADVISORY. KUALA LUMPUR, 26 March 2007 - This year’s World Health Day theme “Invest in health, build a safer future” illustrates the importance of international health security as the first line of defence against health shocks such as HIV/AIDS, avian flu and SARs which can devastate people, societies and economies on a national, regional and global level.

HIV/AIDS is a powerful example of how interdependent health and security have become. HIV/AIDS threatens the stability of entire nations and regions. Unlike many other diseases, AIDS affects the most productive members of society.  On the other hand, tackling the effects of health threats such as SARs, avian flu (H5NI), bio-terrorism and humanitarian emergencies involves working collectively to improve preparedness and to respond effectively when they occur.

In a globalised world, emerging epidemics cross national borders and threaten our collective security. Threats to health and security are multiplying and moving faster than ever before. Two current health concerns for us in Malaysia are HIV/AIDS and avian flu.

  • As of June 2006, 73,427 Malaysians have been diagnosed with HIV or AIDS, with an average of 17 new cases reported every day. The proportion of women reported with HIV has increased dramatically in the last decade from 4% of new cases in 1995 to 12% of new cases in 2005. As a result, the percentage of babies born with HIV has increased from 0.2% in 1991 to 1.2% in 2005.
  • Although Malaysia was declared free of the Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza in June 2006 having successfully controlled several outbreaks among poultry earlier in the year, authorities need to continuously be on the alert as the country is situated in a region that is recording worrying numbers of avian flu outbreaks in poultry with human fatalities.

Every country must invest in health and build its capacity to prevent new and existing threats by strengthening public health systems. Protecting the health of people and the security of all those affected requires political commitment at the highest level and close collaboration between governments, international organisations, civil society, the private sector and media.


BROADCASTERS:  Broadcast quality videos available for World Health Day

MEDIA QUERIES: Please contact UNICEF Malaysia
Indra Nadchatram: (+6) 013 366 3452;
Izwina Mohd Din: (+6) 012 243 7374;    





World Health Day 2007

7 April 2007

The AIDS Response

Avian Flu (H5N1) Media Guide

Media Guide: English

Part 1: About H5N1

Part 2: CREATE!, Reporting Tips & Resources

This Guide is also produced in Malay, Chinese and Tamil.


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