July 18, 2014
The IDSA Center for Global Health Policy and the HIV Medicine
Association are mourning with family members and friends of those who
died in the Malaysian Airlines MH17 crash over Ukraine today. We are
saddened and horrified by the senseless tragedy and irreplaceable loss
of 298 valuable and promising lives, among them colleagues who were
traveling to the International AIDS Conference and whose work
confronting HIV and TB globally sought to make the world a healthier,
safer and more just place for all people.
The loss of our
colleagues to the field and personally is immeasurable. Among them was
Joep Lange, a past president of the International AIDS Society at a
turning point in the world's response to the epidemic. A visionary, he
was one of the first clinical investigators in a resourced environment
to set up programs in Africa to enhance the local clinical responses.
His belief that the dream of a conquering AIDS could become reality and
bring the opportunity to improve healthcare globally inspired and
informed researchers and clinicians worldwide. We also are personally
grieving the loss of Glenn Thomas, who worked with the World Health
Organization to raise awareness of health care in Africa and of the
global health threat of tuberculosis.
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