South African President Jacob Zuma asked the world to pray for Mandela who, at 94 years old, has run into reoccurring health issues.
According to a statement from Zuma’s office, Madela’s condition has improved, but he will require further treatment. “The former President will now receive home-based care,” the statement said.
He has been hospitalized three times since last December.
Leading up to this most recent stay, Mandela spent 18 days in the hospital for a lung infection, only to be readmitted for further testing.
His illness has shown how close the country is to its most well-known leader, with many offering him well wishes and a speedy recovery.
After serving 27 years in prison for fighting against apartheid, Mandela was freed in 1990. He became president of South Africa in 1994, serving only one term.