Summary project

  • Main topic: mental health and psychosocial consequences of Gender-Based Violence
  • Target group: medical staff 
  • Locations: Panzi Hospital in Bukavu, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)
  • Role of ARQ International: providing training and ongoing guidance in different topics within MHPSS


Supporting medical staff 

Panzi Hospital was founded in Bukavu, East DRC, in 1999 by Nobel prize winner dr. Denis Mukwege, and has grown into a world-renowned centre for operating and supporting survivors of sexual violence. 

“Panzi Hospital operates to help victims of sexual violence to heal both
their physical and their mental wounds.”

ARQ International has been supporting Panzi Hospital since 2018 by providing training for medical staff in different topics within MHPSS. The main focus is on the immediate mental health and psychosocial consequences of Sexual and Gender-Based Violence. Besides trainings for dealing with the immediate psychological consequences, ARQ International also provides training for handling long-term consequences.

In 2019, two training sessions were provided on stress management & self-care, and on working with family systems within the context of SGBV. In 2020 we are looking at follow up and supervision of the teams that were trained.

Learn more about the work of Panzi Hospital

Download the Guide de Poche (French)