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Who We Are

The International Health Awareness Network (IHAN) is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit, non-governmental organization in consultative status with Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and Department of Public Information (DPI) of the United Nations.  IHAN was conceived at the “End of the Decade Women’s Conference” in Nairobi, Kenya, during the United Nations’ Third World Conference on Women in 1987.  IHAN has advisory council members in Jordan, Kenya, India, Switzerland, Turkey, Pakistan, USA, Australia, Bangladesh, South Africa, China, Egypt, Niger, England, Iran and Japan.

It is said that girls with dreams become women with vision. May we empower each other to carry out such vision-because it isn't enough to simply talk of equality. One must believe it. And it isn't enough to simply believe in it, one must work at it. Let us work at it. Together. Starting now. 

-Meghan Markle 

Our Vision

To protect and promote the human right to the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health by empowering women and children around the globe to be their own champions for change.

Hargesia Somaliland  December 1-10, 2003 In November 2002, IHAN participated in a fact-finding mission to Somaliland. IHAN determined that the Hargeisa Group Hospital, the only public hospital, was in dire need of renovation. The hospital’s infrastructure, medical supplies, and equipment needed to be dramatically improved in order to meet the basic health care requirements of the community.  The needs of the Hargeisa community were great especially because the majority of women suffer from the consequences of female genital mutilation (FGM). There are many cases of pelvic inflammatory diseases, vesico vaginal and rectal fistulas that should be addressed. As a result, IHAN adopted the Hargeisa Group Hospital and its constituents to ensure that their needs are met on an on-going basis. Project Goals  IHAN aimed to provide a mass immunization for 30,000 children of the Hargeisa community. IHAN also launched a public health training program for local health providers. IHAN’s project team i
Our Mission

Our Mission

To educate, empower and provide health care to women and children with a focus on underserved socioeconomic groups.


To develop, fund and implement health projects, i.e. mass immunization, primary health care screening, treatment and educational workshops.


To work with the United Nations and other organizations to advocate and implement programs and policies that improve women’s and children’s health and quality of life.


To participate in international and national health-related development conferences.

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"Health cannot be a question of income, it is a fundamental human right"

-Nelson Mandela 

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