In April, Dr. Denis Mukwege was named one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people, honored for his work with survivors of wartime rape in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The article, written by Dr. Jill Biden—wife of U.S. Vice President Joe Biden and a lifelong educator—describes him thus: “With a towering presence, a disarming smile, and a soft, soothing voice, he is a source of strength and sanctuary in a land of violence and despair—a forgotten war.”
Dr. Mukwege was one of our first partners in 2009 when Fistula Foundation adopted a global mission. Through this long-standing partnership, Panzi Hospital has developed a sustainable, robust fistula treatment program, including training for surgeons and nurses; funding for patient transportation, meals, and lodging; and support for the hospital’s efforts to raise awareness of fistula in remote communities, helping more women get treated who otherwise would go without. Today, countless women suffering from fistula have received free surgery and medical care thanks to this partnership.
See also a video interview celebrating his Time 100 honor with New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof, Dr. Mukwege discusses his work as a fistula surgeon in eastern DRC.
Published on: Apr 28, 2016