KUALA LUMPUR, (July 19) — The Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 crash is a colossal loss to the global HIV & AIDS movement and to humanity, said the Malaysian AIDS Council (MAC) President, Datuk Dr Raj Karim.
She said the victims included those who were scheduled to attend the 20th International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2014) taking place in Melbourne, Australia who were collective voices, passion and dedication to the cause that fueled the global fight against HIV and AIDS.
“World-renowned HIV reseacher and former International AIDS Society (IAS) president, Professor Joep Lange who was reportedly among the passengers, is a brilliant scientist.
“An extraordinary humanitarian who fought tirelessly to improve access to lifesaving antiretroviral treatment for people living with HIV in developing countries,” he said in the statement here, today.
At AIDS 2014, MAC will be represented by a five-member delegation comprising staff members of the organisation who work on a multitude of diciplines in the HIV field from policy development to fundrasing.
They will be joined by some 14,000 of their colleagues from 200 countries around the world for five days starting July 20 at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre to evaluate recent developments and lessons learnt in the HIV response.
MH17 was carrying 283 passengers and 15 crew members from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur when it crashed in Ukraine, near the Russian border.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said earlier today that Ukraine authorities believed the aircraft was shot down.
The flight left Amsterdam at 12.15pm (Amsterdam time) on Thursday and was expected to arrive at KLIA at 6.10pm (Malaysian time) on Friday. — BERNAMA