Effective psycho social support programme for msm in Malaysia by Kevin Baker

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Effective psycho social support programme for msm in Malaysia by Kevin Baker

  1. 1. Running an effective psycho-social supportprogramme for positive MSM in MalaysiaKevin BakerProgramme Director MSM Poz
  2. 2. AgendaPT Foundation history and service deliveryMSM PLHIV in Malaysia – the realityMSM Poz explained
  3. 3. About PT FoundationCommunity Based, Non-Profit, Voluntary NGOset up in 1987HIV Prevention, Care & Support ProgrammesGender & Sexuality Programmes
  4. 4. PT Foundation Drug Users IKHLAS PLHIV Sex WorkersPOSITIVE WOMEN”S LIVING PROG PT Foundation MSM Transgender PINK MAKNYAH TRIANGLE
  5. 5. PLHIV – Positive Living Drop-In Center Outreach• Support Group for People • Befriend, empower and enroll Living with HIV (PLWHIVs) • Assistance to Hospitals• Medical Referral and HAART • HIV/AIDS prevention, support Treatment and care• Counseling, Empowerment, • Counseling & Referrals Social & Psychological Support • Welfare & Legal Aid• Lobbying, Advocacy & • Media Advocacy and Networking collaboration with human• Islamic Religious Classes rights groups and academia• Sub-groups for transsexuals and drug users
  6. 6. MSM Men who have Sex with Men Drop-In Center Outreach• Support Group Sessions • Outreach to:• Telephone Counseling • clubs• Safe Sex Awareness & • cruising parks Behavioural Change • saunas Programmes • massage parlors• Anonymous HIV Screening & • Website & Internet Outreach Counseling • Counseling & Referrals• Welfare & Legal Aid• Media Advocacy and collaboration with human rights groups and academia
  7. 7. MSM PLHIVMSM PLHIV – the reality
  8. 8. MSM Poz• Volunteer peer led monthly support group set up in 2009• Self funded and directed• Supported by Positive Living and VCT services at PT Foundation• 20 members per month• Applied for MAC AIDS Fund funding in 2010
  9. 9. MSM Poz• Currently we have 1 fulltime and 3 part-time staff and 8 volunteer facilitators• Have 3 clients groups: – New Diagnosed – Newly medicated – Long term PLHIV• Continue to be be peer directed but established an advisory board in 2011
  10. 10. MSM Poz Programmes• Outreach in 3 clinical settings – HSB, UMMC and Safe Clinic• Monthly Support Group• Buddy system• Trainings – – Newly diagnosed – Treatment Literacy – Disclosure – Facilitator
  11. 11. MSM Poz Programmes• Communication elements: – Brochures in hospitals promoting the service – Closed Yahoo Group – Closed Facebook group with 4 facilitators and 200 active members – Dedicated website in 3 language• Social events and retreats
  12. 12. MSM Poz Results• In 2011 we will have reached out to 630 clients with an average of 16 clients per week being supported face to face.• Over 100 clients will have been trained in 5 trainings• Website and BCC materials developed in 3 languages• Over 25 participants at our monthly gatherings
  13. 13. MSM Poz Results
  14. 14. MSM Poz Results
  15. 15. MSM Poz Results
  16. 16. MSM Poz Results
  17. 17. MSM Poz Results
  18. 18. MSM Poz Challenges• Confidentiality and Trust• Resources – staff, finance• Consistency of service – reach• Expertise – drug use, legal support, positive prevention, access to tests and medicines.
  19. 19. MSM Poz next steps• Funding secured for 2012 from MAC AIDS Fund• Participating in national and international forums and advocacy• Providing technical assistance to launch MSM Poz in 2 other locations in Malaysia.

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