One Stop Centers
One Stop Centers (OSCs) are rural health centers where Dr. Mukwege’s team implement the other pillars of his holistic healing model. These OSCs are typically established in remote areas central to a number of villages where militia rape is prevalent. They are stocked with medications and basic supplies to treat rape victims who do not require complex surgical interventions, and refer patients who do require more advanced care to Panzi Hospital or other hospitals that have surgical capabilities. In addition, survivors receive access to the other psychosocial support, community re-integration activities, and legal services that one would find at Maison Dorcas, Panzi’s after-care and community center in Bukavu.
Rapid Response Missions
Rapid Response Mission respond to mass rapes in remote areas of eastern Congo where survivors do not have access to health care at a One Stop Center, hospital, or other health center. When Panzi receives word of a mass rape in these communities (sometimes where every single woman and girl has been raped), they deploy teams of doctors, psychosocial assistants, and legal advocates to provide care in the field. In many of these instances, the teams are trekking for miles through dense forestation in areas that are militia-controlled, at great personal risk where no other NGO or humanitarian response is occurring.
Data-Driven Research and Program Evaluation
Panzi is committed to finding integrating and innovating on the best, most effective treatments for our holistic healing model. We implement groundbreaking new techniques, and back up our work with the research necessary to evaluate, iterate, and continue our innovation.
A joint initiative between our partners at Panzi Foundation DRC and the Evangelical University in Africa (UAE), the International Center for Advanced Research and Training (ICART) aims to improve research capacity at Panzi by training physicians and staff on research methods, conducting ethical research on human subjects, management and analysis, scientific writing and presentations, and publication. Staff and faculty are gaining the skills necessary to become strong voices and leaders in the international research community, addressing the needs and future direction of DRC with data-driven, evidence-based recommendations for both the policy and philanthropic communities.