Statement from Fistula Foundation CEO Kate Gran on the Selection of Dr. Denis Mukwege as a 2018 recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize

Monday, October 8, 2018 General News
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Fistula Foundation CEO Kate Grant congratulates one of the organization's longest-term partners, Dr. Denis Mukwege, on the news that he will be a recipient of the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize. Fistula Foundation is proud to have funded more than $2.3 million to Panzi Hospital since 2009 for the treatment of women suffering from obstetric and traumatic fistula.

SAN JOSE, Calif., Oct. 8, 2018 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- Today's announcement by the Nobel Committee that Dr. Denis Mukwege

would be a recipient of the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize was the right news, at the right time, and for the right person.

I have been privileged to know Dr. Mukwege for nearly a decade. When Fistula Foundation adopted a global mission in 2009, he became our very first partner, and we have been proud to support his work with more than $2.3 million in grants since. The son of a Pentecostal minister, Dr. Mukwege is a quietly devout man who told me at our first meeting that he wanted to do with his hands what he felt that his father had done with his words: make the world a better place.

And he truly has. His 400-bed Panzi Hospital is a beacon of healing and hope to women who have been traumatized by decades of war. It has been said that the Democratic Republic of the Congo is the worst place in the world to be a woman, and if you hear Dr. Mukwege share stories of women and young girls whose bodies have been literally torn apart by sexual violence, you will know this is true. He and his staff work day and night to heal these voiceless victims, body and soul.

What Dr. Mukwege does is important, and dangerous. He is a global force, using his voice beyond the walls of Panzi Hospital to speak on the world stage to denounce the crimes of armed groups that have operated in DRC for more than two decades. He has been targeted by assassins who took his daughters and wife captive. Yet, this remarkable man and champion of women perseveres.

Every day, he serves as my North Star. His portrait has hung on the wall next to my desk for nearly as long as I've known him. In a white doctor's coat and a lapel pin that says "Do not stand idly by," he reminds me every day of the sacrifices he's made to give the voiceless a voice, and to return their health and their hope.

In this age, and at this time, the Nobel Committee could not have selected a more deserving, more inspiring recipient. I could not be more proud to call him a partner, and a friend.

Fistula Foundation believes no woman should suffer a life of isolation and misery simply for trying to bring a child into the world, which is why we are dedicated to ending the suffering caused by obstetric fistula. We're working with local partners in more than 20 countries, funding more fistula repair surgeries worldwide than any other organization. Based in San Jose, California, in the heart of Silicon Valley, Fistula Foundation is honored to have received 12 consecutive four-star ratings from Charity Navigator; only 1 percent of charities have received this designation.

 

SOURCE Fistula Foundation



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