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Elizabeth Blackney, Media and Communications Director, Panzi Foundation (US)
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Crispin Kashale, Communications Officer at Panzi Hospital and Panzi Foundation DRC
Daniel Murhula Musaka, Communications Officer at Panzi Hospital
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Media visitation at the Panzi Hospital and Foundations in DRC requires special arrangements. Please allow six to twelve weeks, at minimum, for scheduling. Our Media and Communications officers will facilitate your visit. Photography and filming on site must be arranged in advance.
Our medical and holistic healing facilities are also home to many patients, survivors, and abandoned children. Their care, safety, and comfort is our first priority.
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We coordinate speaking engagements for Dr. Denis Mukwege, the US Board of Directors, other officials and experts in DR Congo, conflict minerals, strategic advocacy, and the Panzi Model developed and implemented by Dr. Mukwege and our team of 470+ surgeons, physicians, clinicians, nurses, lab techs, administrative, and support staff.
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The Aurora Humanitarian Initiative named Dr. Denis Mukwege as one of five finalists for the 2017 Aurora Prize. From the Aurora Prize: "They were chosen for their exceptional impact, courage and commitment to preserving human life and advancing humanitarian causes." Read more here.
Please read the latest in TIME Magazine from Dr. Denis Mukwege on critical importance of ending sexual violence in conflict, and anywhere it exists.
"We have an international consensus against the use of nuclear weapons and against chemical and biological weapons, and against torture. Since 1919, international law has recognized that rape as a weapon of war must end. And yet it continues as a cheap, effective tool of war. Making the bodies of women and children the battlefields. As human beings and governments, we need to say, if you win a war by destroying women, the international community will never accept you as a leader."
Platon: “I never expected to find this joy and strength at Panzi. I went expecting to see broken people, and I did, but what I also saw is that people can overcome that,” says Platon. “The women I photographed are the most inspiring people I have ever met in my life. I started to focus on their courage and heroism, and the idea of overcoming adversity.”
On February 10th, Netflix debuts ABSTRACT: The Art of Design. Be sure to watch Platon tell his story, and our story, from Panzi Hospital and Panzi Foundation DRC. Platon and his team at The People's Portfolio, joined us in Congo to document the Panzi Model developed by Dr. Denis Mukwege, and what he captured is nothing less than the true resilience, strength, vulnerability, and essence of our shared humanity. #PanziStrong
(Los Angeles, CA) The Panzi US partnership with Make Music Matter, and our colleagues at Panzi Foundation DRC grows stronger every day. The holistic healing model incorporates innovation and medical research with groundbreaking programs, like our "Healing in Harmony" music therapy program. Participants are survivors of sexual violence, abandoned children, vulnerable community members, and Panzi staff. Together, they are are treated as artists, not patients - and they own their music.
Executive Director Naama Haviv said, "We are honored to work with Darcy Ataman, an incredible innovator, and our dedicated and inspiring team in Bukavu. Healing in Harmony, at its core, has potential for transformative change, not just in women's lives and in communities, but in the broader community of practice. We stand ready to work with the Humanitarian Innovation Fund on our Journey to Scale."
A Holistic, Person-Centred Care Model for Victims of Sexual Violence in Democratic Republic of Congo: The Panzi Hospital One-Stop Centre Model of Care
"With gratitude, I thank the Seoul Peace Prize Committee. I am humbled by their decision, and must also acknowledge the heroism of the women and girls of my country, Democratic Republic of Congo. This prestigious award acknowledges the world has not forgotten them, and the Committee honors their resilience. Together, we will continue our pursuit for peace and equality around the world.
"This award bears the true intent of the Olympic spirit, in the Seoul Games of 1988 and even today in Rio De Janeiro: people of different nationalities, of different races, backgrounds or languages, in a demonstration of global solidarity, and diverse capabilities can forge a path to peace.
"It is a profound honor to be a part of the Seoul Peace Prize Committee’s legacy. The Committee, and the Korean people carry the torch for peace, and with their light – they have made the world aware of the suffering and injustice inflicted upon the Congolese people over the last two decades. In this moment, I must recognize the resilience and strength of Comfort Women, who suffered pain, indignity, violence, and social stigmatization. In their memory, I re-dedicate myself to pursuing peace, reconciliation, and healing for survivors around the world.
"Injustice anywhere on our planet should ring an alarm and I call upon our common humanity to stand together against it. We are stronger for the partnerships we build in peace, in sport, and through love of our fellow human beings."
May 17, 2016 - Statement from Dr. Mukwege on Beni Massacres: Read the entire statement below, or at the dedicated link here.