On the Passing of Representative Donald Payne

Posted by Eric Goosby
March 6, 2012
U.S. Representative Donald Payne of New Jersey

The global health community lost one of its strongest champions today with the death of Representative Donald Payne. Rep. Payne was a tireless advocate for humanitarian support to developing countries, particularly in Africa. He served for 25 years in Congress and was a trailblazer for public health and human rights for people worldwide.

In 2003, Rep. Payne was an original author of the legislation to authorize the creation of the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). As the ranking member of the Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health and Human Rights, he remained a strong supporter of PEPFAR, and provided a vital voice in the global fight against HIV/AIDS.

Speaking for the PEPFAR family to whom Rep. Payne gave so much, I offer my sincere condolences to his family, friends, staff and constituents. While we mourn his loss, we also celebrate his legacy and honor the tremendous impact that his life's work will continue to have on millions of people around the world, from Newark to Nairobi.



Massachusetts, USA
March 7, 2012

Amadou B. in Massachusetts writes:

I am deeply saddened by news of the passing of Rep and Chairman Donald Payne. He was the biggest and most effective champion of the US-AFRICA partnership. Through him Africa had a stronger voice and presence in the US congress. What a loss! He recently co-signed a letter asking President to reconsider running for a 3rd term. The letter stated that whatever the Constitutional Court decides,Wade candidacy for another term presents a risk for peace and stability in Senegal and Africa. It is this kind of action that set Congressman Payne apart when it comes to Africa. he was engaged in the all battles for Africa's economic growth, social well being and peace and security. AGOA, PEPFAR...The ADC is forever indepted to him. I have HIM, his family and friends in my prayers! RIP chairman Payne.

Amb. BA 

District Of Columbia, USA
March 7, 2012

Anna in Washington, D.C. writes:

Public health and human rights, two noble causes to devote one's life to. Condolences to the Payne family and the people he represented.


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