For the first phase, the main target are the underprivileged community living with HIV particularly women and children who face marginalisation as a result of society's prejudices, negative perception and discrimination due to their HIV status. Stigma and discrimination prevent them from leading a normal life, regardless whether it is at work, business, education, access to treatment and support programmes. These are the two areas that MAF would like to expand in terms of support services: 1. PAEDIATRIC AIDS FUND (PAF) This is MAF’s oldest and continuous running treatment, care and support programme. It started because of the vulnerability of children living with or affected by HIV due to stigma and discrimination. It is also meant to alleviate the socio-economic impact of living with HIV and ensure that the quality of lives of these children are improved. Since its inception, 100 beneficiaries throughout the country have received monthly financial aid of RM100 to cover the basic household and schooling needs of the beneficiaries aged between 0 and 12 years old. To date, MAF has spent RM2M on this programme. 2) PAL Scheme The PAL Scheme is a medicine assistance scheme under the MAF that offers second-line antiretroviral medicine every other month to its beneficiaries with a combined household monthly income of less than RM2,000. Initiated in 1998, the scheme provides underprivileged Malaysians living with HIV/AIDS the opportunity to undergo antiretroviral treatment with the primary objective of helping them to prolong and improve their quality of life. We currently have 95 beneficiaries under the scheme. The funds are meant for the purchase of medication for these patients which range between RM700 and RM2,000 per month depending on the types of drugs e.g Kaletra, Darunavir, Retonavir, Crixivan, Invirase, to name a few. To date, the MAF has spent RM3M to sponsor these beneficiaries. There are many more on the waiting list which we can only accommodate with the increase in funding from donors.
The Red Ribbon Celebrity Supporter Programme (RRCS) is a signature advocacy initiative by the Malaysian AIDS Council & Malaysian AIDS Foundation that was created to increase our appeal to a wider audience through celebrity endorsement. Launched in August 2009, the RRCS was also designed to complement our National Strategic Plan for HIV and AIDS, whereby the council plans to advocate for a supportive environment to address the issue on stigma and discrimination. Representing the diverse ethnic backgrounds that reflects the spirit of unity of this country, these celebrities are also considered leaders by their peers in their respective fields of music, film & television and the media. Their involvement is purely on voluntary basis and they have pledged to give their full commitment to the cause in their free time. The selection of the Red Ribbon Celebrity Supporters is based on their popularity especially among the rural fan base, particularly in the east coastal states of Kelantan and Terengganu, Johor and Kedah. At present, 20 well-known local celebrities have pledged their voluntary support to the RRCS. 1. Fahrin Ahmad 2. Dato' Aaron Aziz 3. Dato' Sri Siti Nurhaliza 4. Dayang Nurfaizah 5. Ziana Zain 6. Erra Fazira 7. Datin Seri Umie Aida 8. Najwa Latif 9. Kaka Azraff 10. Hafiz Hamidun 11. Bob Yusof 12. Owen Yap 13. JoeyG 14. Patricia K 15. Winnie K 16. Shah Shamshiri 17. Dee 18. Aanantha 19. Uthaya 20. Dato’ Chef Ismail This mobile app will provide a platform for these RRCS to raise funds for the MAF in expanding its Paediatric AIDS Fund and Medicine Assistance Scheme.
Cost for project as below:
|Apps Design & Development, inclusive of Apps Developer & Designer Fee, IOS Apps Development, Android Apps Development and Mobile Apps Development.
|| RM 50 000
|Bank Charges for Malaysian Payment Gateway to set up online credit card as well as Internet banking e-Commerce system.
|| RM 5000
|Marketing and Advertisement fee.
|| RM 5000
| Administration cost which includes the coordinator’s monthly allowance as well other administration fee such as licensing, legal and etc.
|| RM 15000
|| RM 75 000
It is estimated that the project will be start in 5 to 6 months taking into account the time required by the Apps Developer for development, programming and strategy. The idea and the Mobile Apps have been legally patented.