(Clockwise from top left: Flowers left at AIDS 2014 Welcome Sign; Dr. Joep Lange; Jacqueline van Tageren; Lucie van Mens; Martine de Schutter; Pim de Kuijer; and Glenn Raymond Thomas)
In Memory of Our Colleagues:
HealthHIV and the Pozitively Healthy Coalition join the world in mourning the crash of Malaysia Airline flight MH17 which tragically claimed the lives of many members of the global AIDS community.
HealthHIV had the honor of working with Dr. Joep Lange, former president of the International AIDS Society, who died with his partner, Jacqueline van Tongeren, a board member of ArtAids. Other members of the AIDS community lost include Glenn Raymond Thomas, a World Health Organization spokesperson and former BBC journalist; Pim de Kuijer, an activist with Stop AIDS Now and AIDS Fund Netherlands; Martine de Schutter, a program manager at Bridging the Gaps; and Lucie van Mens, director of program development and support with the Female Health Company.
We will endeavor to honor their innovation and advocacy to improve the health and well-being of those living with and impacted by HIV around the world. Our thoughts and prayers are with their families, friends, and colleagues.