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Panzi Foundation


Panzi Foundation

Healing sanctuary

In 1999, Dr. Denis Mukwege founded the Panzi Hospital in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. The region has been devastated by war and an epidemic of sexualized violence for twenty years. Today, the Panzi Hospital serves more than 400,000 constituents in the Ibanda Health Zone.  The US based Panzi Foundation makes strategic investments at Panzi Hospital and Panzi Foundation DRC. We develop and engage in strategic advocacy to end violence against women and girls in the DRC and around the world.

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breaking news

Dr. Denis Mukwege and the Panzi Model of Medical and Holistic Healing


breaking news

Dr. Denis Mukwege and the Panzi Model of Medical and Holistic Healing


Dear friends and colleagues,

The humanitarian crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo is exploding. Ongoing armed conflicts continue to terrorize the population in central and eastern Congo, putting 13 million people at risk and internally displacing nearly five million more. Disproportionately affected by violence, women and children are fleeing their homes and many are seeking refuge in neighboring countries – namely, Uganda, as explored in a Washington Post feature this weekend.
Despite this, the Congolese government refuses to acknowledge that a humanitarian crisis exists, and that millions of lives are at stake.
Dr. Denis Mukwege and the Panzi family remain committed to treating all victims of violence and ensuring the international aid community understands how dire the situation in Congo remains—and we need your help.
Please consider contributing to our efforts – your donation will support Dr. Mukwege and all our colleagues on the frontlines of this crisis as they continue to exemplify courage-in-action, advocating for peace in Congo.

In solidarity, 

Tony Gambino
Executive Director

University of Edinburgh Awards Honorary Degree of Doctor of Medicine at McEwan Hall to Dr. Denis Mukwege 

Compassionate care

Dr Mukwege founded the Panzi Hospital in Bukavu, Democratic Republic of the Congo, in 1999. He expected to be working mainly on issues of maternal heath, but found many patients were victims of extreme sexual violence.

The hospital has grown into an international foundation that cares for rape survivors – physically and psychologically – and helps them to gain independence. Patients who cannot afford medical care are treated without charge

Since Panzi Hospital opened, Dr Mukwege and his staff have helped to care for more than 50,000 survivors of sexual violence.

Courageous work

In 2012, Dr Mukwege made a speech at the United Nations denouncing the horror of rape as a weapon in the Congo’s decade-long conflict. He called for those responsible to be brought to justice.

Weeks later, he was violently attacked and his family was held at gunpoint at his home in an assassination attempt. Joseph Bizimana, his friend and security guard, was killed.

Despite continuous threats against him, he returned to Eastern Congo in January 2013 and resumed his work at the hospital. He has since become a global advocate for gender equality and the elimination of rape as a weapon of war.

World renowned

He has received numerous international awards for his work. These include the UN Human Rights Prize, the Sakharov Prize of the European Parliament, the Olof Palme Prize and the Clinton Global Citizen Award.

TIME magazine listed him among the world's 100 most influential persons and the Carter Foundation named him a ‘citizen of the world’.

In 2015, Dr Mukwege was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws by Harvard University.

"Dr Mukwege has been fearless in his efforts to increase protections for women and to advocate that those responsible for sexual violence be brought to justice. It is a privilege to be able to honour him for his bravery, compassion and unceasing work to heal survivors." --- James Smith, Vice Principal International and Professor of African and Development Studies

Panzi Foundation USA Executive Director, Mr. Tony Gambino, is available for interviews. Contact: Elizabeth Blackney, or via phone: +1 541.390.1913.

Panzi Hospital operates a mobile clinic as well as one stop centers, and has treated more than 85,864 girls and women with complex gynecological injuries, more than 50,000 of whom are survivors of sexualized violence. Founder and Medical Director Dr. Denis Mukwege, PhD created our scaleable, sustainable model of medical and holistic healing.

Internationally recognized experts in fistula repair, we understand the healing path of each individual requires much more than medical care alone. Survivors, along with other vulnerable women, have access to Panzi’s best-in-class model of holistic healing: transitional housing, therapeutic counseling, legal aid, community reintegration services and job training.