Friday, July 18, 2014

As Many as 180 AIDS Activists and Researchers May Have a Died on Malaysia Flight MH17

Joep Lange, a prominent HIV researcher and former president of the International AIDS Society, was one of the victims of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, according to VOX.

A professor of medicine and head of the department of global health at the University of Amsterdam, Lange had been involved in HIV treatment and research since 1983.

Lange was on his way to AIDS 2014, a global conference that will take place in Melbourne, Australia from July 20 to 25.

Australian newspapers are reporting that as many as 108 conference participants may have been on the plane.
The International AIDS Society issued a statement on the losses:
The IAS today expresses its sincere sadness at receiving news that a number of colleagues and friends en route to attend the 20th International AIDS Conference taking place in Melbourne, Australia, were on board the Malaysian Airlines MH17 flight that has crashed over Ukraine earlier today.
At this incredibly sad and sensitive time the IAS stands with our international family and sends condolences to the loved ones of those who have been lost to this tragedy.

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