Dr. Mukwege was a co-winner of the Nobel Peace Prize last year – with Iraqi activist Nadia Murad – for her work with victims who were abused during the conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
In 1999, he founded Panzi Hospital, which treated more than 55,000 victims of sexual abuse. He announced his commitment to victims of sexual violence through his Panzi Foundation, AFP reports.
The doctor will continue “the fight for justice for the victims in the world” with the help of his foundation.
“Recognizing that sexual violence in conflict is not just a problem in the DRC, we want to broaden our vision of holistic healing outside the country,” he said in a statement.
Dr. Mukwege hopes to extend the treatment of victims of sexual violence to other conflict-affected countries such as the Central African Republic, Burundi and Iraq.