KUALA LUMPUR: Wanita MCA has launched the country's first Chinese information and training manual on raising AIDS awareness and providing support to those afflicted by the disease.
The launch yesterday is part of the movement's efforts to educate the Chinese community, especially women, about AIDS that is caused by the HIV virus.
“Wanita MCA is very concerned about the increasing incidence of AIDS among Malaysians, especially among the Chinese,'' Wanita MCA chief Datuk Dr Ng Yen Yen said after opening the wing's orientation programme on HIV and AIDS.
The one-day programme, named “Project Iceberg (II) - Message of Love and Hope”, is the second such effort by Wanita MCA and is a joint collaboration with the Malaysian AIDS Council, the Kuala Lumpur AIDS Support Services Society, Sin Chew Jit Poh, The Star, and One Academy.
“There were 19 new AIDS cases per day in Malaysia last year, 25% of which were Chinese,'' she said, noting also that the number of women affected by the disease had been doubling every five years since 1990.
Yesterday's programme had 200 women participants from throughout the peninsula who would be given additional training next month to form advanced support groups for the community.
“AIDS is pandemic, hence we need support groups in every corner to help spread the message about it,'' Dr Ng said, adding that the programme would also assist the Malaysian AIDS Council in accessing the Chinese community.
She said the next phase would be a year-long nationwide road show beginning in July.
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