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THE STORY:

Dr. Denis Mukwege had been a physician in his native Democratic Republic of Congo for 15 years when he began to notice a frightening trend. More and more women seeking medical help at his hospital had been raped so brutally that they were suffering fistulas. Left untreated, they could develop into infections, resulting in infertility and even death. The shame of the condition often causes women to be cast out of their communities.

Following his studies in gynecology and obstetrics in France, he returned to DRC, where he practiced medicine at the Hospital of Lemera in South Kivu Province where he installed gynecological and obstetric services for rural women as well as a training program for staff. But early in Congo’s decade-long civil war, the hospital was destroyed. So Dr. Mukwege moved on to Bukavu, also in South Kivu, where he continued to practice medicine in difficult conditions and serve the health needs of the rural poor.

He realized that women in Bukavu lacked proper medical assistance during childbirth, so he spearheaded the effort to build a maternity ward and an operating room at the local Panzi Hospital that is supported by International Medical Corps. He subsequently recognized the need for treating and caring for victims of increasing incidences of sexual violence including providing surgical care, psychological assistance and services to empower them economically.

Thanks to Dr. Mukwege’s innovations, the Panzi Hospital has cared for more than 13,000 victims of sexual and gender-based violence. Of those, 4,000 were cases of fistula repair. The hospital also has provided psychosocial assistance to about 11,000 patients, and provided economic empowerment and micro-finance training for nearly 3,000 patients as they completed their treatment and were reintegrated back into their communities.

Dr. Mukwege trains fellow obstetricians, nurses and other medical staff and after years of experience in treating women with fistula, he has taught colleagues in DRC and around the world how to surgically treat this complicated condition and provide follow-up care.

This marvelous man was awarded the UN Human Rights Prize, the Olof Palme Prize and was named African of the Year in 2008.

http://panzihospitalbukavu.org/

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