Ahmed Kathrada, Anti-Apartheid Activist, Dies at 87

Ahmed Kathrada, who spent 26 years in prison, many of them alongside his close friend Nelson Mandela, for resisting the apartheid system of white minority rule in South Africa, died on Tuesday in Johannesburg. He was 87. The death was announced by Mr. Kathrada’s foundation. He had been hospitalized this month with a blood clot in his brain. President Jacob Zuma ordered flags to be … Continue reading Ahmed Kathrada, Anti-Apartheid Activist, Dies at 87

The Wounds of Apartheid

Today was the last day of the Union conference here in Cape Town. The morning included an excellent session led by Ginny Lipke and Max Meis on TB infection control.  Later on I met with Tim Rodwell, who is not only a drug-resistant TB expert but also runs a fascinating NGO, Utopia Scientific. The day ended with an amazing journey up Table Mountain with views of Robben Island and the … Continue reading The Wounds of Apartheid

Today’s Visit to Robben Island

“One of the most difficult things is not to change society—but to change yourself” – Nelson Mandela Today, we took a boat to Robben Island and went on a tour of the prison where Nelson Mandela and ANC colleagues spent many years. The island is simultaneously bleak and beautiful, as the harsh history of apartheid resonates everywhere. A few thoughts: Stigma is rampant around the world regarding TB. People … Continue reading Today’s Visit to Robben Island

Update on TB in South Africa

Quick update on tuberculosis from my friends and colleagues in Cape Town, South Africa. This is particularly important as the 46th Union World Conference On Lung Health is only a few weeks away. I plan to be there. The Minister of Health of South Africa addressed the National Assembly in Parliament recently to introduce the Barcelona Declaration, his massive TB screening campaign and his new National … Continue reading Update on TB in South Africa