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AMA Victoria pays respect to all MH17's passengers, especially AIDS researchers

Friday 18 July 2014

AMA Victoria issues a statement of respect, acknowledgement and sadness to the passengers who were on board Flight MH17.

“Everyday there is terrorism, disaster and horror.

“Our colleagues at Médecins Sans Frontières see the devastation caused by war, terrorism and genocide. These destroy what we all hold dear and certainly take for granted in Australia: peace.

“It is devastating to hear reports that a number of HIV/ AIDS experts were on Flight MH17. These researchers were coming to Melbourne for next week’s 20th International AIDS Conference.

“While all lives are equal – AMA Victoria pays respect to those on board this flight who have courageously and persistently crusaded against HIV / AIDS, notably the former president of the International AIDS Society, Prof. Joep Lange.

“This act of terror will be felt around the world, as no country is immune from HIV and we desperately need international researchers to eradicate this virus.

“It is with sincere gratitude that we pay respect to these researchers and acknowledge the groundbreaking work that they have done,” AMA Victoria President, Dr Tony Bartone, said this morning.

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