Lifelong mourns the loss of so many of our colleagues from the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. Our hearts go out to all the families who lost a loved one in addition to our colleagues and friends at the World Health Organization who lost so many on Thursday.
Nearly all persons who have been working to eradicate HIV from this planet for the past few decades know of the amazing work and leadership of Dr. Joep Lange who also lost his life on July 17, 2014. His tireless energy to develop a vaccine and support of oral prophylactics re-galvanized efforts towards HIV prevention via biomedical means. Furthermore, Dr. Lange was no stranger to direct advocacy for drug access in the developing world – as he stood by South African women and demanded access to proven treatment that could improve their qualities of life and avert HIV infection for their newborn babies.
These leaders in our field were not satisfied solely with creating advances in the fight to End AIDS. They also demanded that each person have the right to these advances to live life to the fullest. Each one of them will be missed.