The Pierre Fabre Foundation supports Dr. Mukwege, “the man who mends women”
11 December 2017
The Pierre Fabre Foundation has decided to support the work of Dr. Denis Mukwege, a gynecological surgeon known across the world for the corrective surgery he performs on women who are the victims of sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. In virtual impunity, numerous armed groups perpetrate acts of extreme violence against the civil population and in particular against the women of this country. This support responds to one of the missions that the Pierre Fabre Foundation has set itself: to promote access to treatment for populations facing situations of extreme crisis.
Founder in 1999 of a hospital in the Sud-Kivu region in the east of DRC, where conflict is particularly intense, Dr. Denis Mukwege devotes his life to assisting women who have been the victims of rape and condemning sexual violence. The hospital differs from others in that it provides comprehensive care and treatment for victims: medical assistance and psychological, social, economic and legal support. Since it opened, almost 50,000 women have benefited from the help the hospital provides and have been supported in their gradual return to normality. As well as working on the ground, Dr. Denis Mukwege is also active on a political and media level as an indefatigable spokesman speaking out on women's issues in the Republic of the Congo and other countries where they are the silent victims of armed conflicts. He has been internationally recognized on many occasions for his work and has been awarded the Sakharov Prize by the European Parliament.
On December 6, 2017 Dr. Denis Mukwege presented a project to the Pierre Fabre Foundation Board of Directors that aims to extend his care and treatment model to a second hospital in Bulenga (DRC). Opened in April 2016, the hospital has 60 beds and already receives 1,800 patients a year, but does not have all the necessary human and material resources that would allow for their comprehensive care and treatment. Convinced of the urgency of the project presented by Dr. Denis Mukwege, the Pierre Fabre Foundation has made the decision to finance all activities associated with the medical care of victims in the hospital for the next 2 years. The Foundation will additionally study ways in which long-term support can be offered to Dr. Denis Mukwege and his teams.
Commenting on this new Pierre Fabre Foundation commitment, chairman Pierre-Yves Revol said to French newspaper, La Dépêche du Midi: Dr. Mukwege is a brave and skilled practitioner who has revealed the fate of these women, victims of war crimes and rape, to the world. He was the first to take up this battle and to raise awareness of this evil in order to eliminate it. The Pierre Fabre Foundation is very eager to support this extraordinary man.