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PROGRAM 2008-2010


Ministry of Health (MoH)
UNICEF has worked with the MoH since 1954 in child and maternal health and nutrition. Today, UNICEF supports the MoH response to HIV and AIDS and health programs for marginalised and vulnerable children.

AIDS/STD Section, MoH
The AIDS/STD Section strives to create a community free from HIV, AIDS and other STDs. UNICEF works with the Section to provide policy level support for the National Strategic Plan on HIV/AIDS 2006-2010, the management of the harm reduction program, as well as surveillance and monitoring systems, and addressing the vulnerability of children and women to HIV.

Institute of Health Management (IHM), MoH
IHM was established by the Ministry of Health to conduct training, research and consultancy in health management. The IHM-UNICEF collaborative Centre for Health Policy, Enhancement and Appraisal is piloting a child injury surveillance system to collect information that will contribute towards developing appropriate child protection policies.

Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development (MoWFCD)
The MoWFCD seeks to achieve gender equality, family development and a caring society, and 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 developing the National Plan of Action for Children. UNICEF is working with the Ministry to implement the recommendations of the CRC by assessing the well-being of children and strengthening the protective environment for them.

Department of Islamic Development Malaysia (JAKIM)
JAKIM is a Government institution set up to assist in the creation of a progressive “ummah” based on Islamic principles that are in line with the Malaysian vision. UNICEF has engaged JAKIM in regional-level discussions through participation in the first East Asia and Pacific Inter-Faith Consultation on Children and HIV in 2008, and continues to work with JAKIM to strengthen the response of the religious community to support children and families affected by HIV and AIDS.

Non-Governmental Organisations

PT Foundation
PT Foundation is a voluntary community organisation that seeks to empower and protect drug users, sex workers, transsexuals, MSM (men who have sex with men) and HIV-positive people from the harms of AIDS. In 2009, UNICEF worked with Positive Living, one of the programs under PT Foundation, to organise a visit by Manchester United players to meet with vulnerable children and defend their right to live free of stigma.

Yayasan Sultanah Bahiyah
Yayasan Sultanah Bahiyah (Sultanah Bahiyah Foundation) is a charitable organisation, chaired by H.H. The Princess of Kedah Dato’ Seri Tunku Puteri Intan Safinaz. The Foundation promotes social change through community work in education, community development, health, youth outreach, and training initiatives. In 2008, the Foundation supported UNICEF’s advocacy efforts to highlight the vulnerability of women and girls to HIV in Malaysia.


Limkokwing University of Creative Technology (LUCT)
LUCT was established in 1991 in Malaysia as an institute for creative education and is today an international University with a global presence across 3 continents. UNICEF is working with LUCT’s design and communication students to produce youth-related materials on AIDS, with the aim of providing relevant prevention messages to young people. UNICEF has also embarked on a longer-term understanding with LUCT to promote children's rights, particularly through youth participation and engagement.

Advocates and Celebrities

Her Highness Dato’ Seri Tunku Puteri Intan Safinaz
Her Highness the Princess of Kedah Dato’ Seri Tunku Puteri Intan Safinaz is an active champion for the welfare, education and health of vulnerable children, through her work as the Chairperson of the Yayasan Sultanah Bahiyah. Her Highness has supported UNICEF's programs for children in Kedah since 2004, and in 2008, Dato’ Seri Tunku Puteri supported the launch of the joint report by Ministry of Health and UNICEF, ‘Women and Girls Confronting HIV and AIDS in Malaysia’ in conjunction with World AIDS Day.

3R TV hosts - Celina, Kartini and Rafidah
National Ambassadors (2005-2008)
3R is a television program created specially to recognise the importance of women’s role in society and their ability to challenge and change the conditions in their lives and communities. The program brings issues of importance, relevance and concern to young women between the ages of 16 to 27. 3R's dynamic trio worked with UNICEF between 2005-2008 to increase AIDS awareness through their TV program, newspaper articles, media training for young broadcasters and special events such as "Keep the Music Clean" and the "3R-UNICEF All Women’s Futsal Playoffs". In 2005, they were invited by UNICEF’s regional office to participate in the launch of the Unite for Children, Unite against AIDS campaign in Bangkok, Thailand.

Asha Gill
Asha has worn many hats throughout her career: DJ, Channel [V] VJ, Discovery Channel TV host, director, producer and model. A women’s rights advocate, the mother of a two-year old boy was also a former spokesperson for Amnesty International’s ‘Stop Violence against Women’ campaign. In 2008, Asha helped UNICEF to spotlight the vulnerability of women and girls to HIV by contributing to the mini-documentary ‘Women Unite’.



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