The Panzi Hospital was founded in 1999 in Bukavu, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The hospital specialises in treating survivors of violence, the majority of whom have been sexually abused during years of military and civilian rape in the area.
The hospital is managed by Communauté des Eglises de Pentecôte en Afrique Centrale (CEPAC, the Pentecostal Churches in Central Africa) and its Director, Denis Mukwege, is one of only two doctors in the eastern Congo qualified to perform the specialised reconstructive surgery required by many of its patients. Accordingly, Dr. Mukwege has twice been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for his work, as well as receiving the UN 2008 Human Rights Award and the 2014 Sakharov Prize.
Despite the amazing work provided by the hospital (admitting an average of 410 patients per month) – and a high profile globally via various media channels and personalities – the Panzi Hospital is running at maximum capacity and is hence continually in need of money, supplies and other resources in order to expand its number of qualified personnel. Originally built for 120 beds, the hospital now holds 350, of which 200 are allocated to survivors of sexual violence.
Consequently, a charity, The Panzi Foundation, has been set up to assist the hospital’s work – please do contribute to its very worthy mission if you can!
You can support the hospital via The Panzi Foundation website here.