MPact’s Board of Directors, Staff, and Steering Committee are deeply saddened by the passing of Sarah Middleton-Lee, a UK-based activist who was renowned in the field of health and human rights. Middleton-Lee was a powerful friend and supporter of MPact since our founding and she will be dearly missed.
“Sarah was a long-time champion of Civil Society and key population-led organizing in the HIV response,” said MPact’s Executive Director Andrew Spieldenner. “She was instrumental in strengthening the place and voice of Civil Society with UNAIDS and other international and national platforms. She was smart and funny, and loved to garden. We miss her.”
In Middleton-Lee’s 30+ year career, she was a vocal advocate for marginalized and vulnerable communities, including LGBT people, people living with HIV, key populations and women and adolescent girls. She was an incredible facilitator and helped MPact develop multiple important case studies and ran many of our consortium meetings. Her work at Frontline AIDS (then International HIV/AIDS Alliance) laid a critical foundation for the HIV movement we know today.
Rest in power, Sarah.