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The Sanofi Espoir Foundation pays tribute to Dr. Denis Mukwege, Nobel Peace Prize laureate 2018

October 10, 2018

The Sanofi Espoir Foundation is particularly pleased to see the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize, awarded to Professor Denis Mukwege, alongside Nadia Murad, "for their efforts to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war".

We are so grateful for the courage, determination and commitment of this exceptional man who, for so many years, is the spokesperson of the women of his country, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, but also of all the surviving women Or not, victims of rape as a weapon of war "in my country, the war is happening on the body of women".

Meeting between Dr Mukwege, Xavier Darcos and the team of the Foundation in 2016

Rencontre entre le Dr Mukwege, Xavier Darcos et l’équipe de la Fondation en 2016

Deeply involved in responding to humanitarian emergencies and silent crises in many countries, the Sanofi Espoir Foundation has been supporting the Panzi foundation since 2017. Created by Professor Denis Mukwege, the Panzi Foundation is actively working to stop the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war and armed conflict.

The Panzi Foundation operates mainly through the Panzi hospital built in 1999 in the town of Bukavu in the south of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The hospital is widely recognized for its expertise in the treatment of gynecological conditions, especially reproductive disorders and injuries due to sexual violence, and in the holistic treatment of survivors (134 of its 450 beds are dedicated to this aspect of its programs).

However, the hospital’s main longer-term objective is to become a training center and a center of excellence to promote health for everyone. To achieve this, the hospital provides improved health services, community outreach activities, and advocacy. Find out more about the activities of the Panzi Foundation fondationpanzirdc.org.