At Panzi, survivors of sexual violence have access to world-class medical services. With 370 skilled and dedicated doctors, nurses, and support staff, using modern equipment not found in other Congolese hospitals, Panzi offers the best, and often only, opportunity for medical care in the region. Close to 18,000 consultations are conducted each year at the hospital and its rural outreach clinics. The hospital has 450 beds, 250 of which are dedicated to survivors of sexual violence and women in need of complex gynecological care.

The hospital is located 8 kilometers from the center of Bukavu in the eastern DRC. It is the recognized General Reference Hospital for the Ibanda Health Zone, serving a population of over 400,000, and accepts patients from throughout the region. Over the years, the hospital has expanded its services in response to the needs of the population, with departments of General Internal Medicine, Surgery, Gynecology and Obstetrics, and Pediatrics. Panzi also hosts outpatient services such as family medicine clinics, ear, nose and throat (ENT), a dental clinic, an optometrist; a radiology unit; and a cervical cancer screening program.  

Panzi Foundation is deeply grateful to Panzi Hospital's many dedicated partners, who provide critical support for its physical healing services.  While Panzi Foundation was originally founded to meet the needs of women and girls beyond physical treatment, where necessary, we work to fill in funding gaps for this front-line service. 

Healing Services for Survivors of Sexual Violence and Complex Injuries

Endre Vestvik

Endre Vestvik

Panzi Hospital is world-renowned for its best-in-class services treating survivors of sexualized violence and complex gynecological injuries. Each woman works with our doctors and clinicians to create a tailor-made healing pathway, including both physical and psychological treatment options.

From her first moments, each patient works closely with a social assistant to ensure her treatment meets the full spectrum of her physical and initial psychological needs. For those patients able to return to their home communities, our staff accompanies them home and offers mediation and counseling to support each woman’s successful reintegration.

In 2015, Panzi Hospital (not including its rural clinics) saw 2533 women with complex gynecological injuries resulting not only from the brutal rape that has characterized Congo’s two decades of war, but from prolonged, obstructed, and complicated births in areas where access to quality maternal care is a massive challenge (1877 of the 2533 women were survivors of rape). We believe that all women deserve access to healing services, and accept women into our Survivors of Sexualized Violence (SSV) program based on their injuries, not based on how those injuries were sustained.