HIV / AIDS

Number of people
living with HIV
in 2008
Total 33.4 milion
    Adult  31.3 milion
    Children under 15 2.1 milion
People newly
infected with HIV
in 2008
Total 2.7 milion
    Adult 2.3 milion
    Children under 15 0.4 milion
AIDS deaths
in 2008
Total 2.0 milion
    Adult 1.7 milion
    Children under 15 0.3milion


Source: UNAIDS, AIDS epidemic update – Dcember 2009

With no decisive cure yet available, addressing HIV/AIDS demands a massive and persistent effort. SMHF had financially supported WHO and the Global Programme on AIDS’ effort to disseminate information and promote public awareness of the issue. The foundation had also funded the participation of community workers and people living with HIV/AIDS, in international AIDS conferences held in Yokohama, Chiang Mai, Manila, Kuala Lumpur, and Bangkok.

SMHF realizes the importance of comprehensive HIV/AIDS care, by peer-support groups. Thus, we had supported the WHO Western Pacific Region’s approach, which has established peer-support groups composed of people living with HIV/AIDS, health workers and NGOs in Thailand, Cambodia,Vietnam and China.

ADULTS AND CHILDREN ESTIMATED TO BE LIVING WITH HIV IN 2008