Dr. Denis Mukwege Foundation

Promoting holistic care

Providing sexual violence survivors with personalized quality care

Sexual violence does not only require the treatment of injuries. Psychological support is an essential part of healing, and many survivors want the perpetrator punished. Therefore, when a rape survivor comes to Panzi Hospital in Congo, a personal assistant will help her to receive the support she needs.

Panzi Hospital’s holistic model of care offers access to medical treatment, psychological care, lawyers and the possibility to follow livelihood activities as well as literacy or computer training helping victims to rebuild their lives.

This model is exceptional. Mostly, victims of sexual violence receive services from various, stand-alone programmes by different NGOs.

By providing all facilities in one place, survivors can access the services necessary for their individual recovery more easily. Integrating holistic services in the public health system also ensures they will remain when international NGOs leave the country or terminate a project.

Implementing the holistic model worldwide

We are drafting a handbook that allows other organization to learn from Panzi Hospital’s experience and use their best practices.

Together with other organizations, we work to promote the holistic model in health systems of different conflict-affected countries.

Our goal is to scale up quality survivor support and promote the holistic model as a standard, for example with key partners such as the World Health Organization (WHO) and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

Survivors of sexual violence worldwide should have access to quality medical and psychological care, legal aid, and the socio-economic support to reintegrate in their communities.



Photo: UNMIL Photo/Staton Winter