September 3, 1998
The International Association of Physicians in AIDS Care (IAPAC) today mourns the loss of two extraordinary advocates for the rights of people with and at risk for AIDS. Jonathan Mann, MD, MPH, who was an IAPAC Editorial Advisory Board Member since our association's inception, was the first and most dynamic global healthcare leader to speak out on the inextricable link between human rights and healthcare. The impact of his unrelenting leadership may have had as profound an effect on the global HIV community as any AIDS drug. IAPAC will pay homage to Dr. Mann with a cover story in the October 1998 issue of the Journal of the International Association of Physicians in AIDS Care. The October issue will include a speech he delivered at our First International Conference on Healthcare Resource Allocation for HIV/AIDS and Other Life-Threatening Illnesses last year in Washington, DC.
We mourn also the loss of Mary Lou Clements-Mann, MD, MPH, Dr. Mann's wife and herself a leader in the global campaign to advance the development of an effective vaccine against HIV. Her leadership, which has inspired so many scientists to practice science to the benefit of humanity, will be sadly missed. IAPAC expresses condolences to the Mann family and to the families of the 227 other victims of Swissair Flight 111.
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The International Association of Physicians in AIDS Care (IAPAC) represents 5,500 physicians and healthcare professionals in 42 countries. IAPAC is devoted to crafting and implementing global strategies to better the lives of all people affected by HIV and AIDS. More information about IAPAC is available on the association's Web site, www.iapac.org.