Panzi Hospital was officially opened in 1999. It was founded by Dr Denis Mukwege with assistance from CEPAC, the national Pentecostal Church Organisation. Swedish and British development funds, PMU and Läkarmissionen supported the infrastructure. Its mission is to assure holistic quality care to the popu¬lation through improved health care service delivery, community outreach activities, and advocacy. Over the longer term the hospital has a vision to grow into a competitive teaching hospital that is a centre of excellence, promoting health care for everyone.
The hospital is located in Panzi commune about 8km from the centre of Bukavu in South Kivu Province. It is the only hospital in the Ibanda Health Zone, but accepts patients from throughout the region. Renowned for its treatment of survivors of sexual violence and women suffering from severe gynaecological conditions the hospital has received a great deal international attention and publicity. Dr Wukwege has been the recipient of numerous awards in recognition of his work at Panzi Hospital and has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.
Since the official opening the hospital has expanded its services. It now comprises of four departments obstetrics and gynaecology, paediatrics, surgery and internal medicine. In 2012 a cervical cancer screening project was implemented, which is the first in eastern DRC.