June 27, 2013

Thursday

Nelson Mandela’s Most Powerful Weapon

The atmosphere in South Africa over the past few weeks has been restless to say the least as citizens anxiously wait for updates on the health of their former president, Nelson Mandela. But who is Mandela? What did this man do to deserve such admiration and respect? And what can we still learn from him today?

Nelson Mandela was one of the most influential figures in the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa. He was actively involved in protests for over 20 years and then imprisoned by the government for 27 years because of his efforts in the struggle for black rights. After his release, he continued to help South Africa on her rocky journey to democracy by negotiating with then president F.W. de Klerk. Finally, in 1994, South Africa held her first democratic election, choosing Mandela himself as leader.

As if that isn’t inspirational enough, after Mandela’s election, rather than hate or revenge, he promoted forgiveness and harmony between blacks and whites.  It is no wonder that Mandela is idolized by many South Africans as a symbol of freedom and a voice of wisdom.

Influence such as Mandela’s, however, does not stop at the South African borders. While reading some of the updates on his health, I came across this quote of Mandela’s:

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

Wow.

Here I am in Jackson, Michigan, thousands of miles away from South Africa, and Mandela has summed up exactly what we are trying to promote at Midbrook Medical. You might have seen our recent press release describing steps we are taking to educate others on infection prevention and the latest medical developments. We are doing so because we, like Mandela, believe that education is essential to creating change.

If you don’t know there is a problem, how do you know to fix it? If you don’t know there is a better way to do something, how can you know to use it? Whether you are the President of South Africa or a nurse in the Intensive Care Unit, education is the answer.

We might not be imprisoned in a South African prison, but we are trapped by what we don’t know about infection prevention. That is why we hope you will continue to help us teach and learn from each other as we work to change the way we look at HAIs, cleanliness, and the safety of patients and healthcare workers.

And may not only Mandela’s message but also the health and wellbeing of Mandela himself gain strength and endure for many years to come.

Thank you to our source biography.com for specific facts and details on Mandela’s life.

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