Thanks for visiting


Read More


Feel free to Contact Me


  • White Facebook Icon
  • suzansongmd

Democratic Republic of Congo SGVB

Updated: Sep 12, 2019

Consultant to develop research capacity, interventions, and collaboration on multi-disciplinary approaches to the problem of sexual and gender based violence

image from the BBC

Panzi Hospital is one of the world's experts on fistula repairs, and is centered in the middle of sexual violence in the Congo. As a consultant to the University of Michigan, I assisted with the mental health and psychosocial support to the region in partnership with Dr. Denis Mukwege. I also provided a keynote lecture on the link between nutrition and agriculture on mental health and sexual violence. I was also a research consultant to Heartlands Alliance International on a maternal-infant study funded by Grand Challenges Canada.

"I come from one of the richest countries on the planet. Yet the people of my country are some of the poorest in the world. When you use your smartphone or admire your jewelry, take a moment to reflect on the human cost of manufacturing these objects. Turning a blind eye to this tragedy is being complicit."

- Dr. Denis Mukwege, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, 2018