ASIA, THE AMERICAS, & EUROPE
Elizabeth Blackney, Media and Communications Director, Panzi Foundation (US)
DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO
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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MORE RECENT NEWS
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."
May 17, 2016 - Statement from Dr. Mukwege on Beni Massacres: Read the entire statement below, or at the dedicated link here.
(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."
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Statement of Executive Director Tony Gambino on the DRC Government Internet Policies - 09 August 2017
(Washington, DC) "President Kabila now violates the Congolese Constitution on a daily basis, with no regard for either rule of law or the sanctity of life. His illegal restrictions on the Internet intensify his government's policy of closing political space by denying the Congolese people their rights to freedom of expression and assembly."
Mr. Gambino is available for interviews. Contact: Elizabeth Blackney, ElizabethB@pfusa.org or via phone: +1 541.390.1913.
Statement of Dr. Denis Mukwege on the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict on 19 June 2017
(Bukavu, DRC) As sexual violence continues to be committed on a large scale worldwide, today’s International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict serves as a reminder that society must eradicate one of the most painful and shameful consequences of war.
In conflicts around the world, from Congo and South Sudan to Syria and Myanmar, rape is a method of warfare deployed to terrorize and destroy entire populations. Sexual violence creates life-long physical and psychological trauma, destroys family bonds, increases the spread of preventable diseases, and leaves deep and long-standing marks on entire communities.
The violence committed against the bodies of women and men, boys and girls, is the disgrace of the 21st century.
It is time to stand up and fight against these crimes at a global level. Building a global movement that prioritizes survivors, civil society members and organizations is critical to eradicate sexual violence.
Today, we also remember the victims and honour the survivors of sexual violence around the world. Their courage and strength in overcoming fear and stigmatization is a great source of inspiration.
This year’s theme of the international day, “preventing sexual violence through justice and deterrence,” raises awareness on a critical aspect in the fight against rape as a weapon of war. The prosecution of the crimes not only helps to prevent violence through deterrence. Courts also offer victims an avenue to obtain justice for and acknowledgement of their suffering.
Survivors of sexual violence are increasingly standing up to draw attention to this neglected, global problem and advocate for justice and reparations. We call on governments to become more involved and respond to their call. States have the responsibility and authority to join efforts and enforce the prohibition on the use of sexual violence.
In 2015, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 19 June of each year the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict
Download the statement HERE.
05 June 2017
Contact: Elizabeth Blackney
Tele: +1541.390.1913 Email: ElizabethB@pfusa.org
PANZI USA DENIED TRAVEL VISAS BY DRC GOVERNMENT
(New York, NY) The following is a statement from Panzi Foundation USA:
In our work with Panzi Hospital and Panzi Foundation DRC, we provide support to survivors of rape perpetrated by militias and other bad actors in eastern Congo.
Co-Founded by Dr. Denis Mukwege with Dr. Lee Ann De Reus, Panzi USA scheduled a delegation to attend the Partners Conference in Bukavu, South Kivu province in May 2017. The visit would have marked Dr. De Reus' tenth to Panzi facilities. Our Executive Director Tony Gambino has been traveling to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) regularly since 1979 in many capacities, including as the Mission Director for USAID in Kinshasa for three years.
The Kabila government, which continues to violate the Congolese Constitution, denied travel visas for Dr. Lee Ann De Reus and Tony Gambino.
Dr. De Reus stated: "As the Panzi Model continues to show clinical progress and benefits to families and society, we are with our colleagues every step of the way. Documenting success at Panzi, and how they overcome the many challenges presented in a conflict zone, are critical for our work."
President Kabila and his government cannot silence the voices of our colleagues and the many Congolese who want free and fair elections by denying Americans travel visas. President Kabila is well beyond his Constitutional mandate. By denying our team their visas, it only confirms the democratic space and the humanitarian space is closing in Congo.
Executive Director Tony Gambino noted: "This is yet another clear example of the Kabila government's sad decline into an autocratic defiance of all decency and respect for humanitarian norms."
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
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