The World Bank has confirmed it will fund expansion of Panzi Hospital founded by DR Congo Nobel laureate Dr Denis Mukwege.
Jean Christophe Carret, World Bank representative in DR Congo, visited the hospital located in Bukavu, South Kivu, on Thursday last week to deliver what he called the “good news” to Dr Mukwege, according to Radio Maendeleo, based in Bukavu.
Described as the ‘doctor who repairs women’, Dr Mukwege has won international acclaim for his work treating thousands of women victims of Congo’s unending armed conflicts.
He founded Panzi Hospital many years ago, and has been the only ‘run-to’ facility for victims of sexual violence – a major problem for women in eastern regions of Congo.
The facility currently has 250 beds dedicated to survivors of sexual violence and women who are in need of specialist gynecological care.
Dr Mukwege wants to expand the hospital to at least 500 beds. In addition, another branch of Panzi will be constructed in another region of South Kivu as many victims go untreated.
The World Bank official informed the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize winner that funding had been approved on July 18.
No details available as to the amount of the funding.