KUALA LUMPUR, November 10 – At the helm of the Malaysian AIDS Foundation (MAF) for 12 years.
MAF Professor Prof. Datuk Dr. Adeeba Kamarulzaman has been involved in HIV work at Monash Medical Center and the Fairfield Infectious Diseases Hospital in Melbourne for more than 25 years.
Among the first things in her list of obligations when she returned to Malaysia, a unit of infectious diseases was set up at Malaya Medical Center University (UMMC).
A good doctor was also the president of the Malaysian AIDS Council (MAC) and during his leadership, he played a key role in obtaining a governmental Malpractice Reduction Approval.
This has resulted in drastic reduction in HIV infection among injecting drug users, which currently represents only five percent of new infections last year, compared to 91 percent through sexual transmission.
In recent years, a woman who wore many hats, including Dean of the Universiti Malaya Medical School, renewing a medical undergraduate curriculum, led a national curriculum project and training for specialist medical specialists who wanted to reform the drug policy and continue to talk about her mind in defense people living with HIV (PLHIV).
"Everywhere in the world, HIV has proven to be the most effective when everyone plays a role," Malay Mail said in front of dinner at the Gala Dinner at the Tun Dr Siti Hasma Prize on Dec. 16.
"That's great when people get together."
Dr. Adeeba also said it was important to correct the mistakes that resulted in stigma and discrimination against PLHIV.
"We need to support key populations as we strive to prevent HIV, regardless of LGBT, drug users, or HIV spouses.
"The noise created (on LGBT) is not only harmful but is harmful."
She said that not only is there enough science to prove that HIV can be prevented and treated, the disease should be treated as a matter of public health.
"We have to continue pushing because this is the right thing and there is a real opportunity to make a difference and stop the spread of disease." We have anti-theft prevention tools, we need to expand the pre-exposure and antiretroviral treatment and in-use testing. "
When HIV testing came, she said among the factors that led people to not leave because they were afraid of stigma, lack of knowledge of available treatment, fear of being dismissed from their own job and being taken away by their families and friends.
She convinced that PLHIV is capable of leading normal lives and not infecting others if they adhere to the treatment and have achieved viral suppression.
The country, she said, has taken many steps to halt the spread of the disease that has resulted in a fall in infections among people using drugs and become the first western Pacific country to reduce HIV and syphilis transfer from mother to child until it is no longer public health problems.
"But still needs to be done," she said.
"Unfortunately, the UMMC department is still full of those who are coming very late. They have advanced disease, all kinds of opportunistic infections that could be prevented if they were early tested and treated.
"What is really upsetting is that many are coming too late. We really should not have young people die of AIDS-related diseases in 2018."
When it comes to financing the IOC's efforts at the AIDS End-Up Mission in Malaysia, she said many involved, including the MAF, the corporation, the Ministry of Health and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.
She added that MAF and MAC were fortunate enough to get enough funds from the Ministry of Health and other partners to stay on the surface compared to other NGOs.
"Music on the Red Ribbon (Gala Drum for TunD Siti Hasmah Award) was our main annual event and we hope to continue to be high on the KL social event calendar.
"We did not have a few years for unfavorable economic conditions."
She added that the initial plan was not to replicate the "high octane" Gala red ribbon, but once it came out that the event would take place, corporate sponsors came to sponsorship.
"And now we have a full plaque. The Tun Dr Siti Hasmah award is awarded to individuals or corporations that have contributed significantly to the cause of AIDS breakdown."
In the sense of getting the corporate sector involved in the fight against HIV, the foundation was also formed by the Malaysian Business Consortium for HIV / AIDS (MBCH).
The MBCH allows the private sector to mitigate the impact of HIV / AIDS at the workplace and create as many secure locations for HIV-positive employees and professionals.
The latest initiative is working on the law on the workplace of HIV / AIDS with the support of the Global Fund, which we hope will put an end to discrimination in the workplace.
In current and current projects involved, Dr. Adeeba said he was involved in being selected for the International AIDS Association (assumed in 2020 and will be the first Asian to assume the position).
She also deals with HIV research at the Center for Excellence in AIDS Research, which she founded in UM.
She cooperates with Petaling Jaya MP Maria Chin Abdullah on a project on housing program for the inhabitants of Kampung Medan, which includes 50 families to deal with non-communicable diseases and life conditions.
Students and staff at the UM Medical School cooperate with Chin volunteers to support families in different aspects of healthy living and prevention and care for NCDs.
"Maybe if I ever get AIDS, I will continue to end the NCD (non-communicable disease)," she said laughing.
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