Dr. Denis Mukwege has been awarded the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize for his life-saving work treating survivors of gender-based violence at Panzi Hospital and his tireless advocacy to put an end to violence against women around the world. As rape survivors began seeking care at Panzi Hospital shortly after it opened in 1999, Dr. Mukwege, a Congolese obstetrician and gynecologist, transformed what had been designed as a birth facility, into a holistic center for the care of victims of horrific violence. Its five-pillar model includes physical care, psychosocial support, community reintegration services, legal assistance, education and advocacy.
“I can think of no person more deserving of the Nobel Peace Prize than Dr. Denis Mukwege. He is an extraordinary person and simply one of the bravest people I have ever met,” said Global Strategies President, Dr. Joshua Bress. “The foundation on which the five pillars rest is the defense of human dignity. I congratulate Dr. Mukwege and his entire team at Panzi Hospital on this remarkable achievement.”
Panzi Hospital, located in the South Kivu Province of the Democratic Republic of Congo, has provided care for more than 50,000 survivors of sexual violence. Global Strategies has partnered with Panzi Hospital since 2013, working together to prevent the medical sequelae of rape, including HIV infections.