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.
The HIV Medicine Association (HIVMA) is the professional home for more than 5,000 physicians, scientists, and other health care professionals dedicated to the field of HIV/AIDS. Nested within the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA), HIVMA promotes quality in HIV care and advocates policies that ensure a comprehensive and humane response to the AIDS pandemic informed by science and social justice. For more information, visit www.hivma.org.
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