The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF) expressed deep sadness regarding the tragedy of downed Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 and the loss of all those aboard. “While full details remain unconfirmed, it is believed that many passengers were en route to the 20th International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2014), scheduled to take place in Melbourne, Australia,” the organization said Friday in a press statement.
Joep Lange, M.D., former president of the International AIDS Society, is thought to be among the many members of the HIV/AIDS community reported to have been on board Flight MH17.
"His broad research expertise and extraordinary contributions to the field included some of the earliest studies on prevention of mother-to-child HIV transmission in Africa,” said Laura Guay, M.D., vice president of research at EGPAF.
“The HIV/AIDS community is bonded by the common purpose to end the epidemic, and today we are also joined in sorrow as we mourn the loss of many great advocates, researchers, and friends aboard Flight MH17,” the foundation said.