|6 December 2013|
Dear Friends and Colleagues,
A very sad day has dawned upon us! Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela passed away at the age of 95 years.
All of us at the MRC in South Africa join the nation and the world in mourning the passing away of our great iconic leader. We owe Madiba our very existence for making our country’s peaceful democracy possible. While he is no longer with us in his physical being, he is still very much with us in spirit – indeed, he lives in each of us as we toil each day to make the world a better place.
He has set us on the path of truth, the path of selflessness, and the path of freedom. His long walk was the first step towards our freedom – freedom from oppression, freedom from want and freedom from disease. We have so much more to do in fulfilling his dream. We will humbly try to continue following in his footsteps in the enduring quest for justice and freedom for all the peoples of the world.
Professor Salim S. Abdool Karim
President: South African Medical Research Council
Chair: UNAIDS Scientific Expert Panel
Pro Vice-Chancellor: University of KwaZulu-Natal
Professor of Clinical Epidemiology, Columbia University
Adjunct Professor of Medicine, Cornell University
Associate, Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT and Harvard
Prof Machaba Sathekge
MRC Board Chairperson
Chief Specialist and head of department of Nuclear
Medicine at the University of Pretoria /
Steve Biko Academic Hospital.