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Since independence in 1957, Malaysia has been transformed from a commodity-based economy focusing on rubber and tin to one of the world's largest producers of electronic and electrical products, and it is the world’s second largest exporter of palm oil, and one of the region’s major oil and gas exporter. According to key development indicators, Malaysia is now a high middle-income, export-oriented economy, with per capita GDP (in current prices) of US$10,085 in 2012, life expectancy of 74 years and gross primary school enrolment of 100 percent of the school-age population.
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The study on “Evidence-based Strategies for Sexual and Reproductive Health Linkages and HIV in Malaysia” was funded by UNFPA under the 2011 Unified and Budget Work Plan (UBW) as part of their continuing efforts to strengthen the country’s strategic response on HIV prevention education and delivery of linked SRH and HIV services with dedicated integration of the gender perspective among most-at-risk population groups especially young people and sex workers. It was designed to complement the WHO/UNFPA funded study on Strengthening HIV and SRH linkages in Malaysia in 2010 that focused on the “supply” components of linked HIV/SRH services. In fact the study was aimed to evaluate the “demand” aspects, namely programme efficiency and effectiveness through a desk review and the responses from the recipients of such services.
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