Doctors of the World Commemorates the Lives of AIDS Researchers Killed in Malaysia Airlines Crash

On behalf of Doctors of the World and our allies in global public health, I offer my sincere condolences to the relatives, friends and colleagues of lead AIDS researchers and others who lost their lives on Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 last Thursday.

Dr. Joep Lange, a pioneer AIDS researcher who committed his life to bringing accessible HIV treatment to the developing world, amongst other activists and advocates were traveling to the International AIDS Conference in Melbourne, Australia. These men and women were thought leaders in their field, who leave behind a legacy of life-saving research in anti-retroviral treatments and advocacy on behalf of those living with HIV.

The world has suffered a profound loss. As the 20th International AIDS conference carries on this week, we stand in solidarity with the international community of researchers, policy makers and activists who have committed to redoubling their fight against AIDS. In tribute to those whose lives are lost: may their important work continue.

-Ron Waldman, President of the Board of Directors