Nelson Mandela, David Rockefeller Meet in South Africa To Discuss HIV/AIDS
Former South African President Nelson Mandela and former Chase Manhattan Bank President David Rockefeller last week met in Johannesburg to discuss HIV/AIDS and poverty, AFP/Yahoo! News reports. Rockefeller said that he was visiting South Africa to learn about opportunities to fund activities related to AIDS orphans. He added that he plans to donate the proceeds of a memoir he has written to programs that work with AIDS orphans. "I have a great respect for South Africa and what has been achieved [there], and after reading reports on the plight of AIDS orphans, I decided to visit South Africa to see what the conditions are," Rockefeller said. Mandela praised businesses that have "rallied around him" to help increase equality between facilities in urban and rural areas. When taking business people on tours of rural areas, Mandela said they were "shocked to see the conditions of filth and poverty." Rockefeller and Mandela met through the Southern African Grantmakers' Association, a philanthropic association that provides services to organizations involved in funding programs in South Africa (AFP/Yahoo! News, 3/21).This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.