Stephen Lewis Foundation Donates $300,000 to Hospital in Congo to Address Sexual Violence, HIV/AIDS
June 13, 2008
The Stephen Lewis Foundation on Monday announced that it will provide $300,000 to the Panzi Hospital in the Democratic Republic of Congo to support survivors of sexual violence and women living with HIV/AIDS, VOA News reports (DeCapua, VOA News, 6/9). According to the CP/Google.com, the hospital has treated about 15,000 survivors of sexual violence since 1999, and 10% of the women and girls treated have tested positive for HIV.
"The level of sexual violence and the brutality of the assaults has resulted in ... spreading the HIV and AIDS virus, so that more and more women are turning up at the Panzi Hospital," Lewis said. He added, "More women are turning up at the Panzi Hospital HIV-positive. And we felt, given the circumstance and the way in which the virus is transmitted through rape and sexual violence, we should get involved" (VOA News, 6/9).
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