Transgender appointment to CCM helps address HIV challenges

KUALA LUMPUR, 10 July 2019:

Deputy health minister Dr Lee Boon Chye yesterday said the appointment of transgender Rania Zara Medina as a member of the Country Coordinating Mechanism (CCM) funded by international non-profit organisation Global Fund, was done according to existing procedures.

In a statement, Lee who is also the CCM chairman, said it was a Global Fund requirement that CCM’s 25 members represent stakeholders in government, non-governmental organisations and academia, and also comprise representatives from targeted communities such as transgenders, gays, female sex workers, drug users and people living with HIV/AIDS.

The statement said the community representatives were chosen from the targeted groups and were confirmed through appointment letters issued by the CCM chairman.

Lee explained that following a Cabinet decision in 2009, the CCM was established with a donation from the Global Fund to help address the HIV/AIDS challenge.

The CCM’s functions include helping to curb HIV/AIDS in the country in line with the National Strategic Plan, overseeing applications for allocations under the Global Fund, conducting monitoring and providing technical support for projects coordinated by the Health Ministry.

The first chairman of the CCM was then deputy health minister Datuk Dr Abdul Latiff Ahmad, followed by former deputy health ministers Datuk Rosnah Abdul Rashid Shirlin and Datuk Seri Dr Hilmi Yahaya.