HealthRight International

The right to the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health The right to equality before the law The right to be free from torture HealthRight International mobilizes the health sector to promote and protect these and other basic human rights and civil liberties for all people, in the United States and abroad. In collaboration with a network of affiliates around the world and in partnership with local communities, we work where health is diminished or endangered by violations of human rights and civil liberties. We provide essential care and services while training community residents to carry on the mission of health at the conclusion of our efforts. We combine these servi...

HealthRight International
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Executive Director

Sostena Romano

Board of Directors

Peter May, Mitchell A Kline, Eric A Rose, Stephen M Sammut, Tom Colicchio, Constance Margolin, Arthur Fried, Howard Minkoff, Steven Elek, Janet Tobias, Rachel Madenyika, Sostena Romano, Charles P Floe, Jack A DeHovitz, James Fornari, Thomas Dougherty, Timothy Crowhurst, William H Roedy, Ramona Sunderwirth, Steven J Berger, Victoria L Sharp, Regan Backer

Project Leaders

sostena Romano
Cindy Hung

Mission

The right to the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health The right to equality before the law The right to be free from torture HealthRight International mobilizes the health sector to promote and protect these and other basic human rights and civil liberties for all people, in the United States and abroad. In collaboration with a network of affiliates around the world and in partnership with local communities, we work where health is diminished or endangered by violations of human rights and civil liberties. We provide essential care and services while training community residents to carry on the mission of health at the conclusion of our efforts. We combine these services with appropriate advocacy to ensure maximum impact. To achieve our goals, we mobilize health care professionals as volunteers, bringing their expertise and idealism to those who need it most. HealthRight International is a global health and human rights organization working to build lasting access to health for excluded communities. We work closely with communities and establish local partnerships to deliver health services. At the same time, we provide training and equipment and improve systems to enable our partners to deliver services on their own. Our goal is to create lasting change that supports access to health while strengthening human rights.

Programs

Our projects address health and social crises made worse by human rights violations, with a particular focus and expertise on: HIV/AIDS, TB, and Malaria, including the rights of people living with these diseases to care, and protection from stigma and discrimination Women's health, including women's right to information and equal access to protection and quality care, including safe and effective maternal and neonatal care The health and welfare of orphans and other at-risk children and youth, whose wellbeing may be endangered when they lack supportive families or social networks Care and support for survivors of human rights violations such as torture, trafficking, and domestic and gender-based violence CURRENT PROJECTS: KENYA: Since 2004, HealthRight has worked to build lasting access to health for the economically and geographically isolated communities of Kenya's Northern Rift Valley. HealthRight is partnering with Kenyan health providers and local communities to respond to three areas of critical need: HIV/AIDS, malaria and maternal and neonatal health. HealthRight has successfully implemented programs to improve health outcomes for mothers and infants, build access to malaria prevention and treatment and create care and support services for over 1,700 people living with HIV in five districts of Kenya. NEPAL: Maternal and newborn mortality in Nepal are among the highest in the world, and regional disparities in health system coverage mean that some communities face even worse rates. HealthRight's Partnership for Maternal and Neonatal Health in Nepal is working with local partners and the health system to lower maternal and newborn deaths and to build lasting access to maternal and neonatal health care for rural communities in Kapilvastu and Arghakhachi. RUSSIA: Since 1994, HealthRight's programs in Russia have focused on building access to rights-based health and social services for individuals and families facing exclusion and discrimination within what is otherwise a functioning health system. Our projects with street youth have worked to address the many challenges they face in survival and in building a health future, from shelter and housing, to job training and education, to HIV prevention and treatment. Our MAMA+ project, first developed in St. Petersburg in 1994 to prevent child abandonment by building access to comprehensive care for HIV-positive mothers, has served hundreds of families and has since been replicated in other countries from Ukraine to Viet Nam. Throughout, HealthRight has focused on building local capacity and advocating for policy changes within the health system to ensure that our efforts build access to rights-based care for years to come. UKRAINE: Along with one of the fastest growing HIV epidemics in the world, Ukraine also faces increasing rates of HIV-infection among women, many of whom have a history of injection drug usage (IDU). Along with the government and local partners, HealthRight is working to increase access to health and social services for HIV-positive and IDU mothers and pregnant women through the MAMA+ project. In addition to providing services, HealthRight is also performing research on national HIV-testing policies and working to raise awareness of treatment options for IDUs, especially women. HealthRight is also improving psychosocial and medical services for street youth, including access to HIV testing, treatment and care. UNITED STATES: Since 1994, HealthRight's Human Rights Clinic has provided assistance to those seeking asylum and other forms of immigration relief in the U.S. HRC trains and mobilizes the health sector to provide clinical evaluations to document signs of torture and abuse and prepare expert evidence for use in immigration proceedings. HRC also acts as a bridge between survivors of torture and medical and social support services through the ASSIST program, which enables asylum seekers to overcome the daily challenges of resettlement and accessing follow-up care. VIET NAM: In Viet Nam, stigmatization and fragmented health services have led to limited or no access to care for vulnerable populations. HealthRight is working with local partners to increase access to community based care for women, children and families affected by HIV/AIDS. This program, which builds upon the MAMA+ Project in Russia and Ukraine, is working to create lasting access to health for the communities we serve, while combating the stigma and discrimination that often lead to denial of life-saving care. Since its founding in 1990 by the late Dr. Jonathan Mann, HealthRight has worked in over 30 countries, with current projects in Asia, Africa, Eastern Europe, Latin America, and the United States.

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