BACKGROUND The conflict in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is the deadliest since World War II. Over a decade of fighting amongst an array of armed groups has resulted in extensive human rights abuses, particularly the widespread use of sexual violence against women. METHODS Using a mixed-methods approach, we surveyed a non-random sample of… (More)
BACKGROUND Despite the signing of international peace agreements, a deadly war continues in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and sexual violence is a prominent modus operandi of many military groups operating in the region. METHODS Retrospective cohort study of women who presented to Panzi Hospital in 2006 requesting post-sexual violence care. Data… (More)
BACKGROUND Given the high burden of cervical cancer in low-income settings, there is a need for a convenient and affordable method for detecting and treating pre-cancerous lesions. METHODS Samples for comparing the accuracy of cytology, virology and histology were collected. Identification of HPV E6/E7 mRNA was performed using PreTect HPV-Proofer. HPV DNA… (More)
BACKGROUND We propose a new minimally invasive technique by laparoscopic approach which minimizes parietal damage and allows precise location of the fistula, hence reduces blind dissection. METHODS Ten consecutive patients suffering from a HRVF benefited from the described technique. Location and time frame were east of the Democratic Republic of Congo… (More)
Denis Mukwege and Marie Berg describe the One Stop Centre at Panzi Hospital in Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo that provides care for girls and women who have been raped in combination with extreme bodily harm.
Democratic Republic of Congo's minerals are exported, smelted, and sold internationally, where they end up in cell phones, laptops, or as pieces of jewelry. We know that some of these minerals sourced from conflict areas have funded violence, abuses, and corrupt criminal networks. And yet, the response of international companies and states has been too slow… (More)