Dr. Denis Mukwege, Founder and Medical Director of Panzi Hospital in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), is a renowned surgeon and outspoken advocate for women's rights. In 1999 he founded Panzi Hospital, a clinic for gynecological and obstetric care. Though originally intended as a birthing center, Panzi Hospital soon became a leader in the treatment of survivors of gender-based violence.
Five years ago, Global Strategies partnered with Panzi Hospital to develop a new method for delivering life-saving medications that can prevent HIV infections in rape survivors. This method has provided treatment to thousands of survivors of sexual assault in some of the most remote areas of the eastern Congo.
In April 2016, Time Magazine featured Dr. Mukwege as one of the Top 100 Most Influential People. This recognition highlights Dr. Mukwege's commitment to human rights and we honor and respect his courage, persistence and fearlessness to promote change in the Congo.