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Denis Mukwege

Founder and medical director, Panzi Hospital

Dr. Denis Mukwege is the founder and medical director of Panzi Hospital and Foundations. In 1999, Panzi opened amid instability, violence, and an unprecedented epidemic of rape as a weapon of war. A testament to resilience and strength, the Panzi model he developed grew into a globally renowned, groundbreaking holistic healing center.

Dr. Mukwege’s vision and methods provide medical care in concert with psychosocial services, literacy and vocational training, legal assistance, family and community reintegration services. With other surgeons, physicians, clinicians, and nearly 500 staff at Panzi Hospital and Foundations – more than 48,482 survivors of sexual violence have been patients in the innovative holistic healing programs.

He has received numerous awards for his human rights work, including the European Parliament’s 2014 Sakharov Prize. Dr. Mukwege sits on the advisory committee for the International Campaign to Stop Rape and Gender Violence in Conflict, and is an Icon on the 2016 TIME100 list by TIME Magazine.