We all are deeply saddened by the most unfortunate and untimely demise of dear Sujal.
Mr.Sujal Parikh -a third year medical student at the University of Michigan Medical School- was working with lot of commitment, sincerity and diligence under the Fogarty International Clinical Research Programme at the Joint Clinical Research Centre, Uganda.
As a Fogarty Fellow he was doing long-term research with children with HIV (CLHIV) and he would have returned to the University of Michigan for his fourth year, but for his premature death.
He was born and brought up in Dallas, Texas and was a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley with a degree in Public Health and Neurobiology (2006). His research and advocacy focused on health and human rights, access to medicines, medical education and infectious disease issues in the USA, Sub-Saharan Africa and India. He was a member of several committees including the American Medical Student Association’s AIDS Advocacy Network Steering Committee. Late Mr.Sujal Parikh was the 2009 recipient of the Emerging Leader Award of the Physicians for Human Rights (PHR).
The untimely demise of a scholar and a health and human rights activist of his stature and potential is a great loss for all those who worked with him directly besides the thousands of others whose lives his work would have touched through the zealous and committed approach he had adopted.
Sujal you will always be in our hearts and will continue to inspire all of us to go working, inter alia, for the establishment of the right to health (and not just right to healthcare) as a basic human right.
May the members of his family and close friends get the courage and strength to bear the irreparable devastating loss!
We all will fondly remember the prophetic words and will try to work on them:
“There are many ways for us to work together and even more reasons for doing so.”— Sujal Parikh