They are many women and girls who benefit from medical and psycho-social care provided by the Panzi Hospital medical mobile Clinic. The majority are survivors of sexual violence and others have various gynecological conditions and that can only be treated at Panzi Hospital.
“We provide them with appropriate care in the health center nearest to their homes. Most women are exhausted by their illness, others have experienced sexual assault and violence,” says Dr. Cindja MIHIGO, a member of the team that provides care for the patients.
At the health center in the village of Bwahungu in Kabare Territory for example, hundreds of women and girls benefit from medical and psychological care from the mobile team. Most of them are displaced by war from the villages surrounding the Kahuzi Biega National Park in South Kivu.
“Here there are women and girls who were raped, others have urinary tract infections. We also get women with fistulas and first and second degree prolapse,” said Dr. Cindja MIHIGO. She added that all complicated cases are transferred directly to Panzi Hospital for more effective treatment.”
A delegation from the NGO SV (Stichting Vlutchteling) from the Netherlands funds the medical mobile clinic alongside UNICEF. They recently visited Bwahungu village to see the hard work done by the team under the difficult conditions. The work comes at a high risk for medical staff, which is done in remote and difficult to access villages, in an insecure environment.