“It will take a coordinated effort to stop this horrific violence against women and to restore the lives of those living with the consequences, but we can do it—if we put our minds and hearts toward it.”
—Dr. Joseph Ruminjo, Clinical Director, Fistula Care Project, EngenderHealth
The horrific accounts of sexual violence against women in places like the Democratic Republic of Congo are a reminder that we must act. Women’s bodies continue to be used as weapons of war and revenge in many cultures. This violence must be stopped, and at the same time, support systems must be created for the many women already traumatized by rape, including surgical repair services for women suffering from a devastating effect, fistula.
Dr. Joseph Ruminjo explores the challenges—and the few triumphs—in the fight against sexual violence in the Congo and how we can improve the lives of women who have suffered from such staggering brutality.
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Dr. Denis Mukwege is finding hope where there is little. As founder and director of Panzi Hospital in Bukavu, Dr. Mukwege and his team offer a safe space for women suffering from fistula.
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The number of women with fistula who have been treated by programs funded by the U.S. government between 2005 and 2008.
Source: Fistula Care Project