108 Top AIDS Experts Killed In Malaysian Airlines Crash
The Malaysian Airlines flight, MH17, that was shot down over Ukraine on Thursday was carrying 108 of the world's leading AIDS experts and researchers.
The attacked Malaysia Airlines flight was carrying more than 100 of the world's leading AIDS experts who were flying to an international conference in Melbourne, including the HIV researcher and "true humanitarian" Joep Lange.
The victims, which have left the international HIV research community in mourning, included staff from the World Health Organization and medical researchers, health workers and activists who were due to attend the twentieth International AIDS Conference. Glenn Thomas, a Geneva-based WHO media adviser, is also believed to have been aboard.
Dr Lange, a Dutchman, who was on board with his wife Jacqueline van Tongeren, was a former president of the International AIDS Society and has been researching HIV for 30 years. He has authored more than 350 papers and helped lead the fight for the availability of affordable treatments across Asia and Africa.
What a tragedy. To think that a potential cure for HIV/AIDS may have gone down with that plane in an act of senseless violence.