On the Passing of Javier Leonardo Varon, Colombian Treatment Activist


Statement from Public Citizen

"Leo was warm, charismatic, and so filled with energy that it is difficult to imagine him losing his life. I met Leo in Managua at CONCASIDA back in 2007. He invited us to work in Bogota, in his characteristic manner of seeing possibility and leaping for it. At Leo’s initiative, we and many treatment activists worked together on a campaign challenging Abbott’s monopoly hold on lopinavir + ritonavir. Prices have fallen by 70% as a result. As Francisco Rossi has pointed out, many of the documents from that campaign bear Leo’s name.Leo shared his humor, his city and his lovely bar El Perro y La Calandria with us. He was a friend, and I miss him."

-Peter Maybarduk, Public Citizen

 

The International Treatment Preparedness Coalition mourns the passing of Latin American Treatment Activist Javier Varon

ITPC regretfully announces the death of Javier Leonardo Varon, one of the drivers of treatment access in Latin America. A native of Colombia, Mr. Varon, with other activists, was a leading force in the creation of ITPC’s Latin American Network in 2005, first known as Coalicion de activistas sobre Tratamiento (CIAT) and now known as ITPC Latin America. His vision, along with the Regional Advisory Committee, established ITPC’s small grant making model in Latin America and created a strong foundation for community organizations to grow and advocate for community needs. Beyond his work with ITPC, Mr. Varon helped to establish “HIV Farmacovigilancia” for the first time in Latin America and raised awareness in the community about health care as a right. He was an unforgettable activists and known for his generosity, commitment, intelligence, and resilience. He was a champion in the fight against AIDS in Latin America and the World, and his loss will be deeply felt.

Mr. Varon passed away on Saturday, July 6, 2013 in Bogotá, Colombia. 

More information can be found at:  http://recolvih.org/noticias/se-ha-ido-un-gran-amigo-y-companero.

 



Statement from Francisco Rossi, IFARMA

IFARMA y yo personalmente, nos sumamos al grupo de quienes conocimos a Javier Leonardo y nos duele que se haya ido. Nosotros en particular compartimos con él y con RECOLVIH las luchas contra el TLC en el capítulo de propiedad intelectual y posteriormente la ya larga historia de la solicitud de una licencia obligatoria para el kaletra. No me olvido que las respuestas del juzgado a la acción popular... están dirigidas a Javier Leonardo y a Recolvih por ser el primero en la solicitud y en la acción legal. Si algún dia tenemos en Colombia una Licencia Obligatoria, tendrá su nombre.

Javier Leonardo se ganó el respeto y el afecto de todos los que trabajamos con él en diferentes espacios y en diferentes proyectos. Nuestras condolencias a su familia, a Recolvih y a todos los que vimos en él al activista defensor de causas compartidas.

-Francisco Rossi

 


Statement from Liga Colombiana de Lucha Contra el Sida

Falleció nuestro amigo y compañero de lucha, Javier Leonardo Varon. La comunidad con trabajo en VIH /SIDA está de luto por la pérdidad de este gran lider, amigo y empresario. A su señora madre, hermanos, familiares y amigos, nuestro mas sentido pesame.

- Liga Colombiana de Lucha Contra el Sida

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