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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


Co-Founder Dr. Denis Mukwege Named 2018 Recipient of

the Nobel Peace Prize with Nadia Murad

October 5, 2018

Statement from Dr. Denis Mukwege:

Ladies and gentlemen, members of the Nobel Prize Committee; dear friends of peace, friends of humanity,

It is with great humility that I learned of this news while I was in the middle of performing surgery in my hospital.

At this time, my thoughts turn immediately to all survivors of rape and sexual violence in conflict zones around the world.

I am honored to be named alongside Nadia Murad, with whom I have shared this fight for some time. Nadia Murad is a person for whom I have a great deal of respect because her courage and strength in denouncing this barbarity in conflicts, which
goes well beyond anything that one can imagine.

Dear members of the Nobel Committee, you heard her voice, you have heard the voices of all survivors.

Indeed, this honor is an inspiration because it shows that the world is actually paying attention to the tragedy of rape and sexual violence and that the women and children who have suffered for too long are not being ignored.

This Nobel Prize reflects this recognition of suffering and the need for just reparations for female victims of rape and sexual violence in countries across the world and on all continents. This is an important step towards the long-awaited reparations that we all owe to these women.

This award will have real meaning only if it helps mobilize people to change the situation of victims in areas of armed conflict. I dedicate this Nobel Prize to women of all countries in the world, harmed by conflict and facing violence every day.

For almost 20 years I have witnessed war crimes committed against women, girls, and even baby girls not only in my country, the Democratic Republic of Congo, but also in many other countries.

To the survivors from all over the world, I would like to tell you that through this prize, the world is listening to you and refusing to remain indifferent. The world refuses to sit idly in the face of your suffering.

We hope that the world will not wait any longer to act with determination and strength to assist you because the survival of humanity depends on you.

About Panzi Hospital

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.

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 Nobel Peace Prize, 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’.

"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, Harvard University upon bestowing Dr. Mukwege as an honorary Doctor of Laws.