Colleagues hail AIDS pioneer killed in downed plane

AIDS researcher Joep Lange, killed in the Malaysian jet crash in Ukraine, was a pioneer of cheap anti-retrovirals for the poorAIDS researcher Joep Lange, killed in the Malaysian jet crash in Ukraine, was a pioneer of cheap anti-retrovirals for the poor, colleagues said Friday, remembering him as a man of compassion and vision. "His contribution to HIV research and treatment, and his determination to ensure access to those treatments for people in Africa and Asia cannot be underestimated," said David Cooper, director of the Kirby Centre at Australia's University of New South Wales. The 59-year-old Dutchman was on his way to Melbourne for the 20th International AIDS Conference, which starts on Sunday. His partner Jacqueline van Tongeren and dozens of other conference delegates were also among the 298 people killed when the jet was downed over conflict-torn eastern Ukraine.



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