APA CEO Reacts to Death of Foreign Service Officer Whose Organization Trained Thousands of Black Health Officials in South Africa

Washington, D.C., – The American Psychiatric Association (APA) CEO and Medical Director Saul M. Levin, M.D., M.P.A., today made the following statement regarding the passing of Herbert Kaiser, 94, a retired Foreign Service officer who devoted his retirement to increasing the number of black health professionals in South Africa:

“My heartfelt condolences to the family of Herbert Kaiser after his passing. He and his wife, Joy, formed the Medical Education for South African Blacks (MESAB) to provide desperately needed medical care to Black South Africans during apartheid. The MESAB trained more than 11,000 South Africans as medical professionals, including doctors, nurses, midwives, and hospital assistants from 1985 until 2007. As the former President and CEO of MESAB, I’m proud to have known Herbert and Joy. Their efforts improved the lives of countless South Africans during a critical time.”

For more information on Kaiser, please see his obituary in The Washington Post.

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