The International Center for Advanced Research and Training (ICART) was established in Bukavu, Democratic Republic of Congo in 2013. We focus on research to address gender based violence and clinical health issues. ICART is open to collaboration and partnerships with individuals and organizations. Our team is working hard to become the top regional research and training center in this region of Africa.
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Kani Mubagwa, PhD (Founding Director)
Lisa Peters, MPH (Founding Projects Manager and Epidemiologist)
Ali Bitenga, BA (Founding Research Assistant and Translator)
Prince Mujumbe Salama, BA (Founding Financial Manager and Website Developer)
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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.Read the full article here
Dr. Mukwege has developed interventions to provide psychosocial support to treat the emotional suffering of the women at Panzi Hospital, as well as vocational training, so they can again take up an independent life and support themselves and their families. He is a courageous and outspoken advocate on behalf of the victims of this epidemic of sexual violence, working to seek reparations and justice, drawing the world’s attention to the urgent need to end the violence in this war-torn region.
Dr. Mukwege was awarded the UN Human Rights Prize in 2008, and Sweden’s Olaf Palme Prize in 2009.Read the full article here
While at U-M, Dr. Mukwege, the director of Panzi Hospital in Bukavu in the eastern Congo, met with several people, including Janis Miller from the School of Nursing. “As we were parting, I remember him looking at me intently and saying ‘I need one nurse from Michigan.’ In the spirit of Raoul Wallenberg, I promised I’d find him “one who can make a difference.”It turns out I wanted to be that nurse,” she explains.
Dr. Miller wasn’t the only person who wanted to get involved. There were many other faculty at Michigan who also wanted to find ways to work with Dr. Mukwege. A multidisciplinary team from Nursing, Business, Social Work, Public Health, Medicine was soon created. This eventually grew into a Global Challenges project that aims to “transform violence and conflict into hope and innovation.”Read the full article here
The project is based on a partnership between the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) and the International Centre for Advanced Research and Training (ICART) in DRC. This centre is a collaborative initiative between researchers from the Panzi Hospital, Panzi Foundation DRC, and the Université Evangelique en Afrique in Bukavu, DRC. Read the full article here