In remembrance - Professor Joep Lange

The International AIDS Society (IAS) has paid tribute to its former president, Professor Joep Lange, who was killed aboard Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 on July 17th. Professor Lange was an early proponent of universal access to HIV treatment, and, through his research, built a body of evidence to prove the transformative effect treatment can have on people living with HIV. In 2001, he founded the PharmAccess Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation that worked to improve access to HIV/AIDS medicines in developing countries.

Professor Lange served as president of the IAS from 2002 to 2004, a period which saw the organization grow and modernize its approach to hosting what has become the world’s largest scientific conference focused on HIV.

In 2006, Professor Lange became Professor of Medicine at the Academic Medical Center, University of Amsterdam and Senior Scientific Advisor to the International Antiviral Therapy Evaluation Centre, Amsterdam. Before his death, he was a Professor of Medicine at the University of Amsterdam and a Scientific Director at the Amsterdam Institute for Global Health and Development and served on Accordia Global Health Foundation's Scientific Advisory Board.

Professor Lange’s partner, Jacqueline van Tongeren was also killed aboard flight MH17. She was a passionate HIV advocate, devoted to strengthening human resources for health and improving the health workforce.

Their deaths are a tragic loss to the fight against HIV globally.

Interview with Joep Lange - IAS President from 2002-2004

The video below was recorded in 2013 as part of a series of interviews featuring former IAS presidents. The series was launched that year to mark the 25th anniversary of the IAS.

Editorial Article - JIAS

The Journal of the International AIDS Society would like to highlight the publication of its latest editorial article, “In Memoriam: Joep Lange MD, PhD”. Authored by current IAS president, Chris Beyrer, and past IAS presidents, Stefano Vella and David Cooper, this article honours the life of Joep Lange who dedicated his life and career to expanding HIV research and education as well as wider access to antiretroviral treatment, particularly in resource-limited settings.

In honour of his life and contributions, we encourage you to read and disseminate the full editorial article, available here