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ASIA, THE AMERICAS, & EUROPE

Elizabeth Blackney, Media and Communications Director, Panzi Hospital and Foundations
Email: ElizabethB@pfusa.org
Tele: +1 541.390.1913 Skype: @medializzy

DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO

Prince Mujumbe Salama, Communications Officer at Panzi Foundation DRC and Website & Financial Administrator at ICART
Email: Communication@fondationpanzidrc.org
Skype: Prince-Kwamiso

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. 

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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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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

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.

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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."


Avec gratitude, je remercie le Comité du Prix de la Paix de Séoul. J’accepte cette décision avec humilité car il constitue une reconnaissance de l'héroïsme des femmes et des filles de mon pays, la République démocratique du Congo. Ce prix prestigieux témoigne du fait que le monde ne les a pas oublié, et le Comité rend hommage à leur résilience. Ensemble, nous allons continuer notre quête pour la paix et l'égalité dans le monde entier.
 
Ce prix est porté par l'esprit des Jeux olympiques, de Séoul en 1988 jusqu’à aujourd'hui à Rio De Janeiro: des personnes de différentes nationalités, races, origines ou langues, rassemblées autour d’une manifestation de solidarité mondiale, nous montrent que diverses compétences peuvent forger un chemin vers la paix.
 
C’est un grand honneur d’être désigné comme lauréat par le Comité du Prix de la Paix de de Séoul. Le Comité et le peuple coréen portent le flambeau de la paix, et avec leur lumière - ils ont rendu le monde conscient de la souffrance et de l'injustice infligée au peuple congolais au cours de ces deux dernières décennies. Aujourd’hui, je dois également reconnaître la résilience et la force des femmes de réconfort, qui ont enduré la douleur, l'indignité, la violence et la stigmatisation sociale. En leur mémoire, je réitère mon engagement à poursuivre la paix, la réconciliation et la guérison pour toutes les survivantes de violences sexuelles à travers le monde.
 
Partout sur notre planète, l’injustice devrait faire sonner un cri d’alarme et je lance un appel à notre humanité commune pour s’unir ensemble contre elle. Nous sommes plus forts en tant que partenaires pour construire la paix, comme dans le sport, et dans l’amour que nous portons pour nos semblables."

DR. DENIS MUKWEGE NAMED TO TIME 100 MOST INFLUENTIAL PEOPLE IN THE WORLD LIST 

Dr. Denis Mukwege named to Fortune Magazine's Top 50 World's Greatest Leaders list: 

"In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, militiamen use sexual violence as a tool of war—at the height of the country’s decades-long conflict, 48 Congolese women every hour were raped. Congolese surgeon and gynecologist Denis Mukwege, who founded a hospital in the epicenter of the violence, has treated tens of thousands of victims—some of them children of rape themselves. Despite censorship by the Congolese government, attacks, and an assassination attempt, Mukwege has continually returned to the operating theater, and he has campaigned fiercely worldwide to bring the military use of sexual violence to an end."

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

May 17, 2016 - Statement from Dr. Mukwege on Beni Massacres

(Bukavu, DRC)  "...As the massacres in eastern Congo illustrate, peace cannot be achieved at the expense of justice. I am reminded of the words Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. wrote in 1963, that "justice too long delayed is justice denied." Peace can only be achieved where civil and human rights, in concert with economic development and education, and justice, are recognized by our government and the international community." 

Read the entire statement below, or at the dedicated link here.

time: the secret war crime


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

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