Among the 295 passengers killed in the plane of Malaysia Airlines MH17 crashed in Ukraine, a large group of researchers were on their way to AIDS2014, the international AIDS conference that starts on Sunday in Melbourne, Australia. Among the victims, there is Joep Lange, an internationally recognized Dutch scientist expert on AIDS, collaborator and friend.
Source: www.324.cat / 07/18/2014 - 11.43am.
In Malaysia Airlines aircraft shot down by a missile dozens of delegates, researchers and activists were traveling to participate in an international conference on AIDS in Australia, said Denis Napthine, the president of the Australian government. Although the exact number of people in the plane who were going to this meeting is not yet known, the number could be around a hundred.
Among the victims there are Joep Lange, former president of the International AIDS Society (IAS), and his wife. Professor David Cooper, who has worked closely with Lange on a project in Bangkok, has said about him that he "had an absolute commitment to HIV treatment in Asia and Africa."
Lange pioneered the development of more affordable HIV combination therapies and treatments to prevent transmission of virus from mothers to babies in poor countries.
The current president of the IAS, Chris Beyries, described the late Professor at the University of Amsterdam as a "Giant of the HIV/AIDS movement."