media contacts

ASIA, THE AMERICAS, & EUROPE

Elizabeth Blackney, Media and Communications Director, Panzi Foundation (US)
Email: ElizabethB@pfusa.org
Skype: @medializzy

DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO

Crispin Kashale, Communications Officer at Panzi Hospital and Panzi Foundation DRC
Email: crispin.kashale@gmail.com

Daniel Murhula Musaka, Communications Officer at Panzi Hospital
Email: danielmusaka@gmail.com

visiting panzi hospital and maison dorcas

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. 

book a speaker

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.  

Email us to request a speaker.


images for download

Dr. Denis Mukwege at Panzi Hospital. Photo credit: Elizabeth Blackney for Panzi Hospital and Foundations, February 2016

Dr. Denis Mukwege performs surgery at Panzi Hospital. Photo credit: Daniel Musaka for Panzi Hospital and Foundations

Panzi's Maison Dorcas Aftercare & Transitional Housing Facility. Photo credit: Elizabeth Blackney for Panzi Hospital and Foundations, March 2016

Panzi's Maison Dorcas Aftercare & Transitional Housing Facility. Photo credit: Elizabeth Blackney for Panzi Hospital and Foundations, March 2016

Excerpt from Dr. Denis Mukwege's statement upon receiving the Seoul Peace Prize, 01 September 2016.

Excerpt from Dr. Denis Mukwege's statement upon receiving the Seoul Peace Prize, 01 September 2016.

Rhythm exercises during music therapy at Maison Dorcas. Photo credit: Naama Haviv for Panzi Hospital and Foundations, September 2016

Resilience and solidarity, hope and renewed health. Image by Platon, for The People's  Portfolio and Panzi Hospital and Foundations. © 2016, All Rights Reserved. For sharing with attribution only. 

Resilience and solidarity, hope and renewed health. Image by Platon, for The People's  Portfolio and Panzi Hospital and Foundations. © 2016, All Rights Reserved. For sharing with attribution only. 

Esther, 17, with her son Josue. Image by Platon for The People's Portfolio and Panzi Hospital and Panzi Foundations USA and DRC. © 2017, All rights reserved. Share with attribution only. 

Esther, 17, with her son Josue. Image by Platon for The People's Portfolio and Panzi Hospital and Panzi Foundations USA and DRC. © 2017, All rights reserved. Share with attribution only. 

Imani and Sara, both 15, are survivors who work with staff psychologists and music producers in Panzi Foundation USA and Make Music Matter's groundbreaking Healing in Harmony music therapy program-made possible through generous support of our donors and the Humanitarian Innovation Fund. 

Imani and Sara, both 15, are survivors who work with staff psychologists and music producers in Panzi Foundation USA and Make Music Matter's groundbreaking Healing in Harmony music therapy program-made possible through generous support of our donors and the Humanitarian Innovation Fund. 

recent news and clips

TIME MAGAZINE: Platon on Dr. Mukwege and Survivors 

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.”

Sandra, 21. “When I came to Panzi I found out that I was not alone. This helped me – when I heard stories of other women my hope came back. Sometimes these negative thoughts are about to come – when I sing, the bad memories disappear. But also singing helps me transmit my message to a large audience. I strongly hope my story can help other people.”

Sandra, 21. “When I came to Panzi I found out that I was not alone. This helped me – when I heard stories of other women my hope came back. Sometimes these negative thoughts are about to come – when I sing, the bad memories disappear. But also singing helps me transmit my message to a large audience. I strongly hope my story can help other people.”

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

Humanitarian Innovation Fund Names Panzi Foundation and Make Music Matter Winners of the "Journey To Scale"  Program

(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."

DR. DENIS MUKWEGE PUBLISHES PANZI MODEL IN PLOS

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

September 2016: Dr. Denis Mukwege Addresses Positive Economy Forum in Le Havre, France


DR. DENIS MUKWEGE, 2016 SEOUL PEACE PRIZE LAUREATE

"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 MassacresRead the entire statement below, or at the dedicated link here.


Time 100 Gala, Jazz at Lincoln Center. Photo credit: B. RaeAnne for Panzi Hospital and Foundationa