December 10th, 2013
Johnson & Johnson honors the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela. One of our employees reflects on Mr. Mandela’s commitment to raising HIV awareness and treatment in South Africa.
There are certain places that will remind you of important events in your life: for me, South Africa is linked to a chance meeting that will be etched in my memory forever: a meeting with Nelson Mandela. As fate would have it, in the week of his memorial service and funeral I am in South Africa with the Janssen global HIV access team. As we talked about the state of HIV and our HIV drug access program following World AIDS Day and prepared for exciting new initiatives, it was impossible not to reflect on Nelson Mandela’s legacy and relevance to HIV.
Over the past fifteen years, I have had the privilege of working with our colleagues on behalf of Johnson & Johnson and Janssen in Sub-Saharan and South Africa. Throughout the varied challenges we have faced as industry, my time in South Africa has been a true education in the social, political and cultural evolution of the country over the past two decades.