It is with profound sadness that GNP+ learns of the untimely passing of Manuel da Quinta – a tireless champion of the rights of all people living with HIV and a strong ally of the global movement. In more than two decades at UNAIDS, and previously as a community activist, Manuel consistently strove to dismantle injustice while amplifying the voices of those most affected by it. His enormous energy, creativity and humour contributed immeasurably to a range of GNP+ initiatives, including the PLHIV Stigma Index, the LIVING partnership and our work around Positive Health, Dignity and Prevention.
Julian Hows (GNP+ 2010-2017 and now at HIV Justice Network) remembers: “Manuel understood, championed and fought for the rights of people living with HIV, the LGBTQ community and for humanity. Always approachable, always going the ‘extra’ mile and always smiling whatever the adversity. I join many others in his global family as we mourn his passing and remember the difference he made to the lives of all those he touched.”
Farewell to a dear comrade who will be hugely missed. We mourn, we remember and we celebrate Manuel’s life of service.