Philippe Cousteau's GlobalECHO Foundation Joins The Panzi Hospital To Announce The First Phase Of A Landmark Project Serving Women And Children In The Democratic Republic Of Congo

--GlobalECHO Foundation Provides Funding Support for Critical Regional Health Facility--

23 Sep, 2014, 11:00 ET from GlobalECHO Foundation

WASHINGTON, Sept. 23, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The GlobalECHO Foundation (www.globalechofoundation.org) , a 501©(3) charitable foundation dedicated to providing innovative funding solutions  to challenges facing the world community, and the renowned Panzi Hospital and Foundation (www.panzihospital.org, www.panzifoundation.org ) today announced the installation of a dynamic solar powered, battery-based  electric system for the hospital laboratory as the first phase of a project that will bring sustainable and reliable energy resources to the entire hospital.  The Panzi Hospital, recognized as a leader for its work on reproductive health and its assistance to tens of thousands of survivors of sexual violence, is currently plagued by unreliable and costly sources of power.  The GlobalECHO Foundation and Panzi Hospital commitment was originally announced at the 2012 Clinton Global Initiative Annual meeting. 

"With limited resources and facing daunting challenges, the Panzi Hospital is a beacon of hope, transforming the lives of women and children on a daily basis," said Philippe Cousteau, GlobalECHO Foundation Co-founder and Chairman.  "By supporting the work of the Panzi Hospital and committed organizations like it around the globe, long-lasting and positive change becomes a reality."

"The GlobalECHO Foundation's support and partnership have been instrumental in helping the Panzi Hospital reach this important milestone in proving the viability of a sustainable energy future," said Peter Frantz Executive Director Panzi Foundation USA. "In the simplest and most important equation of all, this project will save lives."

The hospital's clinical laboratory will serve as a pilot for converting the hospital to a reliable and cost effective energy infrastructure, allowing it to expand and greatly improve services to communities throughout the region.  The hospital's laboratory supports the medical staff as they care for the victims of sexual violence, as well the needs of the surrounding community.  Laboratory services include general chemistries, routine and special core laboratory functions, emergency testing and toxicology, blood analysis, clinical pathology and other staff support functions.  Currently electricity fails several times daily; at the hospital and the new solar energy system will provide a much needed source of reliable and stable electricity.

The pilot project is the first step in a larger initiative that will address the comprehensive and long-term energy needs of the entire hospital through a coalition of partners, including:  GlobalECHO Foundation; Srinergy  (http://srinergy.com);  Manitoba Hydro International (www.mhi.ca ), PMU InterLife(www.pmu.se) and; Panzi Foundation USA (panzifoundation.org).

About the Panzi Hospital
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About the Clinton Global Initiative 
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SOURCE GlobalECHO Foundation