BDAC, M’sian university share expertise

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THE Brunei Darussalam AIDS Council (BDAC) yesterday received a delegation from Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia (USIM) to exchange best practices in HIV/AIDS awareness programmes.

The 10 USIM students, who were accompanied by their lecturer, were briefed took a closer look into the BDAC’S HIV and AIDS awareness programme for peers and youth, otherwise known as HAPPY.

Facilitating the one-day session was the BDAC President Iswandy Ahmad.

According to Iswandy, the information sharing opportunity with USIM students will be able to give the council feedback on its HAPPY programme.

“We understand that HAPPY has been going around well in Brunei and based on experience it has been well-received but we have yet to test it regionally.”

He noted that this acts as a platform for them to see how it would be received by the students from Malaysia as they could get feedback.

Iswandy added: “Maybe it can be a best practice for Brunei to share with others”.

Meanwhile, USIM lecturer, Dr Nadhrah Md Yatim, said that the delegation wants to help and share knowledge from neighbouring Muslim countries to bring back to their own university.

“There are plenty of activities in USIM but they are not directly involved in AIDS. We have different activities such as those that raise awareness about drug addicts via our institution there but not directly on what the BDAC does,” said Dr Nadhrah.

The Brunei Times