It is estimated that 0.4% of the Malaysian population aged between 15 to 49 are living with HIV. That percentage jumps to 16.6% among people who inject drugs.
We have been working with the Malaysian AIDS Council (MAC) to halt the spread of HIV in Malaysia. Since 2011, MAC was directly implementing the Community Action on Harm Reduction (CAHR) project, which aimed to expand harm reduction services to more than 180,000 people who inject drugs, their partners and children in five countries. MAC is now part of the Alliance’s Integrated Harm Reduction Programme and in 2016 they provided prevention services to more than 30,000 people who use drugs.
MAC also work with other marginalised populations who are most at risk of HIV in Malaysia, including sex workers, transgender people and men who have sex with men. In 2016 they reached over 45,637 people from these marginalised groups.
MAC works with, and coordinates community organisations, faith-based organisations, youth councils and research bodies. As a result of MAC’s advocacy, a parliamentary select committee on drug policy reform has been established to debate the decriminalisation of drug use. They have also worked closely with religious authorities to provide guidance and information for Muslims living with HIV, producing the HIV & Islam manual.