The Panzi Foundation , South Kivu

Panzi Hospital is a tertiary-care hospital, and the Panzi Foundation is a registered NGO with the provincial government.


Bukavu, South Kivu province
From the hospital in Bukavu (South Kivu), Panzi Hospital primarily serves South Kivu province and the city of Bukavu. Including partner health clinics throughout South Kivu, mobile clinics, and the hospital, Panzi serves more than 8,000 women a year. In 2009, Panzi treated a total of 18,309 patients through the central hospital and partner health clinics.

Sectors of Intervention

Health; SGBV


Dr. Denis Mukwege founded Panzi Hospital in 1999 in collaboration with CEPAC (PentecostalChurch), PMU Interlife and UNICEF funding. It was started after the founder returnedfrom studying gynecology and saw the experience of women in a country where the maternal andchild mortality rates are among the highest in the world. It primarily focuses on maternal health careand gynecology. The current hospital contains 334 patient beds and provides a range of obstetric,gynecological, pediatric, and internal medical services. During the war, the hospital became a specialistcenter for the holistic treatment of people who had experienced sexual violence, and it has treatedmore than 21,000 women since 1999. The director was the recipient of the 2008 UN HumanRights Award and the 2008 African of the Year award, and has been nominated twice for the NobelPeace Prize. Panzi Hospital has worked with many international donors, including USAID, EasternCongo Initiative, and PMU Interlife.


Provide quality and accessible health care to communities in South Kivu and train healthcare professionals to provide quality care


  • Provide excellent health care to the people of South Kivu
  • Reduce sexual violence and concentrate on providing maternity services
  • Increase rural health-care access and quality
  • Provide fistula-repair surgery to women suffering as a result of complications in labor or sexual violence
  • Prevent and treat malnutrition


  • Medical services: Panzi runs a hospital that offers the following services: pediatrics, OB-GYN, internal medicine, surgery, lab, pharmacy, orthopedics, CDV (counseling, etc.), endoscopy, medical imaging (X-ray, electrocardiogram), dentistry, ophthalmology, psychiatry.
  • WASH: This project is in the process of supplying the hospital with water through capping springs with funding from Norwegian Church Aid.
  • Nutrition: Community health workers identify malnourished children to bring to the Panzi therapeutic nutritional center.
  • SGBV: This program provides psychosocial, economic, and judicial assistance for survivors of sexual violence
  • Fistula identification, repair, and follow-up: This program provides for fistula repairs and fistula training for nurses and doctors.
  • Maternal and child health, and family planning: Panzi facilitates community training on family planning and carries out follow-up visits to households benefiting from family planning. Community education is also promoted through radio broadcasts.


Panzi’s supreme governing body is the Central African Community of PentecostalChurches (CEPAC). This body acts as the general assembly and meets twice a year. The head medicalcommittee acts as the body overseeing strategic leadership for the CEPAC medical schools, PanziHospital, and other CEPAC hospitals and medical institutions. Panzi Hospital houses the medicaldirectors who manage the specific direction of the hospital and authorize the administrative functioningof the institution. The management committee meets three times a year. The internal auditingcommittee meets once a year and monitors the administrative and financial functioning. Panzi hasa total of 270 personnel working in the hospital, community-based programs, and administration.

Panzi has bank accounts at BIC in Bukavu. For financial, administrative and personnel management,Panzi has:

  • A procedures manual with policies for financial management; hiring and personnel issues; and purchasing policies and procedures: YES
  • A computerized accounting system: NO
  • A clearly defined accounting process: NO
  • Clear procedures for management of payroll, petty cash, procurement, and disbursements: NO
  • Staff with the technical expertise to undertake projects: YES


  • Multiple evaluations by external donors
  • Experience working with international donors
  • International recognition
  • Experienced and motivated personnel
  • Outstanding results that have encouraged increased investment and support from external donors


  • Better organized finances, starting with acquisition of a computerized accounting system
  • Improved communication with donors
  • Internal collaboration between community programs and the hospital in order to increase their efficacy
  • A more organized system of management for community programs

Funders and Budget

For 2010, Panzi Hospital had a budget of approximately $5 million for both community and medical programs. The hospital budget is approximately $1 million and the rest supports community programs. Funds come from donors such as USAID, UNICEF, PMU Interlife, the European Union and OSISA.


  • Receives 410 new patients per month
  • Serves more than 8,000 women per year
  • In 2009, treated 18,309 patients
  • Director has been awarded the UN Human Rights Award and the African of the Year award, and has been nominated twice for the Nobel Peace Prize.
  • Included in a $16.5 million, five-year USAID gender and justice program in North Kivu, South Kivu, and Maniema

Success Story

Dr. Denis Mukwege established the Panzi Foundation in 2008 after recognizing the need to go beyond medical treatment and provide holistic services to survivo... Read More »

Organizational Vision

Access to quality health care for the population of South Kivu, particularly maternal health care, and reduced sexual violence so the hospital would no longer have to treat fistulas incurred as a result of violence

Project Proposals

  • Training rural health-care professionals: Provide advanced courses for rural nurses who can then perform simple operations and emergency interventions in the absence of a trained doctor. Cost: $90,000
  • Ambulance service: Provide ambulance system and services to link rural referral centers to the tertiary-care center at Panzi. Cost: $300,000
  • Building personnel capacity: Increase the administrative ability of personnel through training and implementing grant-tracking software and donor communication strategies. Cost: $50,000


Betoko London, executive assistant, +243.993.440.608,

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