• Dr. Mukwege wins Nobel Peace Prize

Dr. Mukwege wins Nobel Peace Prize

On October 5, international media revealed that Congolese doctor Denis Mukwege was Nobel Peace Prize laureate, together with Yazidi activist Nadia Murad. Since 1999, the doctor has been treating victims of sexual violence at Panzi Hospital in Bukavu (South Kivu). In a society where rape remains a taboo, he tries, through a holistic approach, to bring these women back on the path of life. His critical comments gave him a lot of enemies. In 2012, he came to Belgium for a few months, after narrowly escaping an attempt to kill him. Dr. Mukwege has family in Belgium, and he has been an honorary member of Rotary club Ath since 2014. He gave lectures to several Rotary clubs. In 2015, he earned a PhD from Université Libre de Bruxelles for his thesis on traumatic fistulas. In 2017, he was special guest and speaker of the D 1620 Rotary Foundation Seminar. On this occasion, a ‘Centennial Global Grant’ was proposed (value: US$ 259,480) to purchase a digital radiography device for Panzi Hospital. Since then, this grant has been approved by the Foundation, and the equipment will soon be installed. The Nobel Prize will be awarded to Dr. Mukwege on December 10 in Oslo.

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