Founded in 1999 in Bukavu, the capital of the province of Sud-Kivu, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Panzi Hospital is a reference in the treatment of women survivors of violence, the vast majority of whom have been sexually abused. Its founder, gynecologist Denis Mukwege, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2018.
The work carried out by Dr. Mukwege in the Democratic Republic of Congo, a country marked by conflicts and social inequalities, echoed around the world, calling attention to the dignity of women in similar situations, and becoming a symbol for the promotion of a culture of peace.
At the Brazil Africa Forum 2020, Dr. Mukwege should contribute to the debate on the COVID-19 pandemic. He should also share his experience in promoting health in the most vulnerable communities.
“I am happy to join the Brazil Africa Forum under the invitation of Professor João Bosco Monte to discuss our future in relation to the Covid-19 crisis. The Covid-19 crisis invites us to unity and union. It has struck down and terrified nations, from the most prosperous to the most fragile. By questioning our most established beliefs, it invites us to humility and questioning. Unilateralism should give way to multilateralism to face the challenges that lie in wait for all of us.”