2020 Red Ribbon Awards
The Red Ribbon Awards are presented to individuals, groups and organisations who have over the years made significant contributions our efforts to prevent the spread of HIV, improve care and support, combat stigma and discrimination and advocate for equitable treatment of PLHIV.
This year we are proud to present the Red Ribbon Awards to three outstanding individuals who have been invaluable allies in our effort to End HIV in Singapore.
RED RIBBON AWARDEES 2020
Mr Anwar Hashim
Coordinated Care, Donor and Volunteer Management
Action For AIDS
Anwar’s journey with HIV/AIDS volunteerism started in 2004, when he led a team to Medan, Indonesia for outreach activities, including HIV awareness, under the Singapore International Foundation’s Youth Expedition Project.
Anwar joined AfA in 2005 first as a counsellor at the ATS. He became a Clinic Manager in 2009 and was responsible for setting up the Mobile Testing Service in 2011.
He currently oversees Coordinated Care, Donor and Volunteer Management. He manages a series of programmes, including empowerment workshops for the newly diagnosed as well as peer support groups. He coordinates provision of financial assistance to needy patients. In addition, he coordinates fundraising and collaboration with donors. He started the AfA Volunteer Journey and centralised training of volunteers who eventually work in various clinical services, outreach and education programmes.
Anwar’s experience through the years has made him grounded and taught him patience. Empowering PLHIV, both individually and collectively, has been Anwar’s key motivation from when he started and continues to today.
In recognition of his Outstanding Contribution to Care and Support of Persons with HIV Infection, Anwar Hashim is presented with the Red Ribbon Award.
Mr Terry Lim
Senior Divisional Manager
HIV Education Programmes & Testing
Action for AIDS
Terry has had 10 years of experience in outreach work targeting heterosexual men with risk behaviours. He is still learning and innovating in this everchanging environment, especially relevant as we deal with the new normal of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Terry sees himself as a connector and a bridge, he takes the policies, direction and big picture, digests them, and then translates them into events and activities on the ground tailored for the “Ah Beng” and “uncle” audiences.
He has succeeded in creating a comprehensive outreach educational programme from scratch, and has been key to promoting safer sex behaviour change in these groups over many years.
Outreach initiatives that have become the foundation of the Heterosexual Men Outreach programme include Safe Sex Shows in clubs and bars, Getai events, coffeeshop and ferry terminal activities. Terry continues to find outreach work challenging and very rewarding and is glad to be part of the team that fights every day to bring down the rate of infection and to increase AIDS awareness in the community.
In recognition of his Outstanding Contribution to HIV Prevention and Education, Terry Lim is presented with the Red Ribbon Award.
Prof. Paul Ananth Tambyah
Paul Ananth Tambyah is currently Professor of Medicine at NUS and Senior Consultant Infectious Diseases physician at the National University Health System.
He trained in medicine at NUS and infectious disease at the University of Wisconsin and he has been involved in numerous national and international committees. He was a member of the review committee for the National HIV Prevention and Control Programme in 2012, and has been an active member of the Action for AIDS Executive Committee over the last 10 years.
He has been involved with the Singapore AIDS conference since its second edition. He is the President of the Asia Pacific Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infection and President-Elect of the International Society of Infectious Diseases.
Paul has been a useful sounding board for new ideas and proposals. I have benefited from his perspectives, wisdom and advice on many occasions.
In recognition of his generous commitment of time, support and inspiration, Paul Tambyah is presented with the Red Ribbon Award.