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AIDS researcher amongst those on MH17

AFA expresses it’s deepest condolences and sincere sympathies to the families and loved ones of all on board flight MH17. 100 AIDS Conference delegates heading to Melbourne lost their lives in this unfortunate tragedy. It is indescribably painful and regrettable for all of us. As we grief with the community, our thoughts and prayers are with their families and loved ones.

Among them were professor Joep Lange from the Netherlands, Lucie van Mens, and Martin de Schutter from AIDS Action Europe and Glenn Thomas from the World Health Organisation.

Lange, an expert in the field of medicinal AIDS therapy, founder of PharmAccess Foundation and Former International AIDS Society head has strongly advocated for patients in Africa to gain improved access to effective drugs.

“If we are able to deliver cold Coca Cola and beer to the most remotes regions in Africa, it shouldn’t be impossible to do the same with drugs.”
– Lange, 2002, AIDS summit in Barcelona.


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AIDS 2014 Melbourne Declaration

This declaration affirms that non-discrimination is fundamental to an evidence-based response to HIV and effective public health programmes.

aids-2014-declaration“The enforcement of discriminatory and criminalising laws and policies against Key Affected Populations is deeply alarming.” said Professor Françoise Barré-Sinoussi, AIDS 2014 International Chair, President of the International AIDS Society (IAS) and Director of the Regulation of Retroviral Infections Unit at the Institut Pasteur in Paris. “Such practices clearly violate basic human rights and heavily undermine HIV programmes by posing barriers to access to HIV prevention, treatment, and care. With the declaration we want to reiterate that every individual has the same rights and dignity as everyone else as we are born equal and part of the human family. ”

All individuals and organizations involved in the global response to HIV and AIDS are encouraged to visit and sign the declaration at www.aids2014.org/declaration.aspx and to share it with their networks.

 

“If we really want to change the course of HIV we must make sure that nobody is left behind. AIDS 2014 will be a truly global, inclusive conference and will reflect the principles of the declaration” commented Professor Sharon Lewin, Local Co-Chair of AIDS 2014, Head of the Department of Infectious Diseases, Alfred Hospital and Monash University and Co-Head of the Centre for Biomedical Research at the Burnet Institute in Melbourne.