Addressing Trauma in the Democratic Republic Congo


The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has experienced multiple devastating wars and conflicts during its post-colonial era, with an estimated 5 million conflicted-related deaths in the past decade. Eastern DRC is now classified as the global region suffering the most sustained burden of internecine warfare, with extraordinary high rates of sexual violence towards women.  In this challenging setting several DC and international partners have established a renowned Panzi Hospital and foundation promoting surgical care and outreach. Partnering with the Panzi director, UM faculty and researchers are building research capacity to enable the development, evaluation and scale-up of trauma-based services, and creating research infrastructure to enable the testing of related, and much-needed, interventions.