Wellcome Trust Director comment on the MH17 air crash and the loss to the global health community

The reports that members of the global health community, including leading HIV scientist Joep Lange, have died in the crash of flight MH17 yesterday has shocked and saddened the staff at the Wellcome Trust, many of whom have close links to researchers in this field. The Trust offers its deepest condolences to all of those affected by this tragedy.

Dr Jeremy Farrar, Director of the Wellcome Trust, said: "I am deeply saddened that Joep Lange, his partner Jacqueline van Tongeren, and other colleagues from the World Health Organization and the HIV research community are reported to be among those killed in the MH17 disaster.

"Joep was a great clinical scientist, and a great friend of the Wellcome Trust who has long been a valued adviser. He was also a personal friend. He is a great loss to global health research. The thoughts and sympathies of all of us at the Trust are with his family and other families who have lost loved ones in this tragedy."