MSH Recognizes 20th Anniversary of Nelson Mandela's Election to Presidency in South Africa
Today, April 27, 2014, marks the 20th anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s election to the presidency of South Africa, in what was the first fully free and representative democratic election in that nation. His election secured the dismantling of the poisonous system of apartheid that permeated all of life in South Africa. Mandela’s extraordinary leadership made possible not only the end of apartheid, but a new flowering of reconciliation and unity.
In Mandela’s autobiography Long Walk to Freedom, it shows and tells, in Mandela’s own words, his relentless courage in the battle against apartheid, as well as his moral leadership in extending forgiveness and fostering reconciliation.
MSH is proud to note that one of the early and significant achievements of the Congressional Black Caucus was the Caucus’s leadership in passage of the Comprehensive Anti-Apartheid Act, over a presidential veto. The impact of that law on South Africa’s economy contributed to the dismantling of apartheid and Nelson Mandela’s election as President of South Africa.
Since 1997, Management Sciences for Health has been supporting the government of South Africa in reshaping the health system to better serve all South Africans.