Tribute to WHO spokesman killed in Ukraine plane disaster

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Glenn Thomas, a communications officer at WHO Headquarters in Geneva. (UNifeed video capture)

A World Health Organisation (WHO) staff member is among the 298 passengers killed in the Malaysia plane crash in Ukraine.

Glenn Thomas, a communications officer at WHO Headquarters in Geneva, was flying to Australia to attend the International AIDS conference which opens in Melbourne on Sunday.

Glenn was a regular speaker at the bi-weekly press briefings organized by the UN Information Service in Geneva updating journalists on the activities of WHO.

A minute of silence was held in his honour during the press briefing on Friday.

Gregory Hartl is a spokesperson for the World health organisation.

" His twin sister says he died doing what he loved. Glenn had been with WHO for more than a decade. He came here from the BBC and spent many years providing communications support to the TB Department. Since 2012 he had been working on the media team in DCO, regularly hosting press conferences and working with you at the Palais and with other journalists to promote the work of WHO. Glenn will be remembered for his ready laugh and his passion for public health. He will be greatly missed by those who had the opportunity to know him and work with him. He leaves behind his partner Claudio and his twin sister, Tracey.

The Malaysian jet liner was flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur. All 298 passengers and 15 crew members were killed.

Patrick Maigua, United Nations, Geneva.

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