After losing our dear colleagues in the Malaysian airlines tragedy, PharmAccess and AIGHD received an overwhelming amount of touching messages from all over the world, ranging from former colleagues to international thought leaders.
“Some years ago, in my work as UNSGSA, I had the pleasure of joining forces with Joep Lange on improving access to health insurance in Africa. I will never forget his inspired and well thought way of working, but most of all the passion and involvement with which he approached his mission and developed PharmAccess. I am deeply saddened by this loss.”
Queen Máxima of the Netherlands, UN Secretary General’s Special Advocate for inclusive finance for development
“I’m devastated about the loss of the inspiring Joep Lange and Jacqueline van Tongeren. True pioneers with big hearts.”
Princess Mabel of Orange-Nassau, Chair of Girls Not Brides
”I met Joep Lange for the first time in 2004, together with Onno Schellekens. Joep -founder and Chairman of PharmAccess– asked for my involvement in setting up a new initiative: the Health Insurance Fund. I was immediately captured by his unprecedented intellectual quality, dedication and tenacity.
Joep never stopped. After launching the Health Insurance Fund he continued following his course to scale up AIDS care, treatment and research and over the years expanded it with new ways of financing health, improving quality of care and setting up a new research institute, the Amsterdam Institute for Global Health and Development.
Joep was a friend, world class scientist and a true visionary leader. He has been a driving force in leading all of us on the road towards an AIDS free generation and affordable access to quality care, especially in developing countries in Africa and Asia. My heart goes out to Joep’s and Jacqueline’s family.”
Kees Storm, Chairman Health Insurance Fund
”We pay tribute to Joep Lange and Jacqueline van Tongeren. Joep, a well-respected and renowned pioneer in HIV/Aids research and his colleague and partner Jacqueline, who played an important role within the Amsterdam Institute for Global Health and Development.
Joep was dedicated to making HIV / Aids medication available to everyone who needs it, in all parts of the world. In this vein he worked with countries like Nigeria, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda and focused on the nexus between health care and economic development. Joep’s views on cooperation with the private sector in health insurance were innovative, unorthodox and not immediately popular in a scene that long was the exclusive domain of the public sector.
We will miss an inspiring and soft-spoken man, who was not afraid to challenge himself and others. A man who was not afraid to be the change he wanted to see. With the passing of Joep and Jacqueline we lose two people who made the world a better place. They will be dearly missed.”
Lilianne Ploumen, Netherlands Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation