Denis Mukwege is a Congolese gynecologist.
Denis Mukwege borned 1 March 1955, he was the third of nine children born to a Pentecostal minister and his wife. When he was young, he accompanied his father on his pastoral visits where he first had contact with patients.
His first impression was that he wanted to help the patients in addition to praying with them, to assist them medically.
After his baccalaureate, he studied medicine in Burundi where after he finished, he worked at the Christian hospital
of Lemera in South-Kivu DR Congo, he was shocked when he realized the difficulty of childbirth
for the women in the rural milieu because these women are brought to the hospital riding on
a donkey, after having bled out from their difficulty during childbirth in residence.
He went to France to study gynaecology, and returned to set up a clinic in Lemera, South Kivu in the
east of the country.
Working in Panzi Hospital in Bukavu, where he specializes in the treatment
of women who have been gang-raped by Congolese militia, Mukwege has probably become the world's leading expert on how to repair
the internal physical damage caused by gang rape.
Mentioned for two consecutive years as a candidate for the Nobel Prize, Dr Mukwege is the laureate of the Olof Palme Prize, of the African of the Year by the Nigerian media group Daily Trust, and of the UN Human Rights Award—all awarded in 2008.