I really hope this report is wrong. Via The Australian: Delegates to Melbourne AIDS summit on doomed flight MH17. Excerpt:
More than 100 AIDS activists, researchers and health workers bound for a major conference in Melbourne were on the Malaysia Airlines flight downed in the Ukraine.
It is believed that delegates to the 20th International AIDS Conference, due to begin on Sunday, will be informed today that 108 of their colleagues and family members died on MH17.
Among those thought to have been killed was prominent Dutch researcher Joep Lange, a former president of the International Aids Society.
Glenn Thomas, a World Health Organisation media relations coordinator, also died in the crash, according to Dr Haileyesus Getahun, coordinator of the WHO’s Global TB program.
Delegates Lucie van Mens, Martine de Schutter, Pim de Kuijer and Jacqueline van Tongeren were also reportedly on the flight.
Dr Van Mens, director of program development and support at the Female Health Company, has been involved in public health, focusing on prevention of STIs and HIV/AIDS, since 1995.
Shocked messages from friends, family and colleagues are filling social media.
Mr Lange’s friend Dr Seema Yasmin, from the US Centers for Disease Control, said Mr Lange was a true humanitarian.
“What a HUGE loss to the world,” she tweeted. “Just learned that dear friend, amazing father to 5 girls and veteran AIDS researcher Joep Lange was on #MH17.”
Australia’s National AIDS Trust paid tribute to Mr Lange, a clinical researcher specialising in HIV therapy who served as the International AIDS Society president from 2002 to 2004.