Welcome to IHAN! 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. Read more.
“[Nelson Mandela] taught us to transcend our petty ‘manufactured’ personal and collective politics and that there is no situation too impossible to address through honest respectful discussion/negotiation. He leaves a country with huge challenges but a firm legacy upon which it could be addressed. “Hamba kahle, Madiba” (Farewell, Madiba) and “Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika” (God bless Africa)”
- Dr. Dr. Jaco Hoffman, IHAN Board member
Recent Events from 2013:
CSW 58 Side Event: By virtue of their common womanhood: Creating Daughters for Development in the Post-2015 Agenda
On March 17, 2014, IHAN held a side-event for the United Nations CSW 58 at the El Salvadoran Permanent Mission to the United Nations. The event was titled, “By virtue of their common womanhood: Creating Daughters for Development in the Post-2015 Agenda.” Several captivating speakers spoke about the challenges of global development and the need for strong woman in the health and business industries.
The keynote speaker, H.E. Carlos Enrique Garcia Gonzalez, the Permanent Representative for El Salvador to the United Nations, spoke passionately. He discussed the need for a “collective spirit” to promote the development and improvement of underprivileged socio-economic areas worldwide. Marie Johns, of OIC International spoke about the importance of female entrepreneurship, and the positive effects it can have on local, regional and even national economies.
IHAN had the honor to host several students from the University of Notre Dame Australia, School of Medicine. These talented students presented their most recent studies to the audience at the side event. Their areas of research included inquiries into sexual abuse in third-world countries and effective methods for the improvement of woman’s health in areas in need. The event was moderated by IHAN Co-Vice President Dr. Dawn Digrius.
IHAN would like to give a special thanks to the El Salvadoran Permanent Mission for their continual contributions and effort in working with the International Health Awareness Network.
Gulf of Fonseca: Challenges and Opportunities for Sustainable Development
On December 11, 2013, IHAN’s Dr. Dawn Digrius had the opportunity to speak at a United Nations side event hosted by the El Salvadoran Permanent Mission to the United Nations. Ambassador Garcia stated it was an “honor” to host a panel discussion that has the potential to great things for the region. Continuing Garcia’s encouraging opening, Dr. Digrius’s presentation focused on the challenges and opportunities for sustainable development pertaining to Honduras, El Salvador and Nicaragua; all of whom share the gulf of Fonseca. ”Cooperative development projects can lead to economic, environmental and societal prosperity in the region,” said Dawn.
8th UNESCO Youth Forum
IHAN attended the 8th UNESCO Youth Forum between the dates of October 29 and 31 of 2013. Around 500 young participants from all over the world gathered at UNESCO’s Headquarters in Paris, France, to exchange views, share experiences, reflect together and, above all, identify common preoccupations and problems. The theme for this years forum was “Youth and Social Inclusion: Civic Engagement, Dialogue and Skills Development.” Several topics were discussed in length including youth civic engagement issues and the ways in which youth can engage in building democratic and sustainable communities. The skills and competencies for young people to successfully enter the active life and to put their innovation, creativity and entrepreneurialism into practice were also included in the dialogue.
Lehman Foundation Reception
On September 17th, 2013 , a reception was hosted at the home of Mr. Mrs. Bartner. Mr. and Mrs. Bartner are Members of IHAN’s board of directors for the Lehman Foundation. Dr. Sorosh Roshan attended and hosted the event.
IHAN Attends the High Level Forum on the Culture of Peace
September 6, 2013 – Representatives from IHAN attended the United Nations High Level Forum on the Culture of Peace. Top United Nations officials opened a day-long General Assembly forum on the promotion of a ‘culture of peace’ with the notion that ’People in positions of power and authority have a moral and political responsibility to improve understanding across borders and cultures.’
At UN Headquarters in New York,
Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson told a high-level forum to discuss the implementation of the UN Programme of Action on a Culture of Peace that in a world of profound challenges, religious leaders, public office-holders and others must set an example by rejecting violence and promoting dialogue.
“This is a moment in history when we need a culture of peace – not just the absence of war, but a fully formed culture of peace – so that we can pull together as a single human family to meet our shared challenges,” he said, adding that a culture of peace permeates the work of the UN from the principles of the Charter to the universal rights that the Organization upholds.
Mr. Eliasson also stressed the importance of focusing on human beings – the men, women and children – and not just larger constructs, such as cultures, faiths and nations.
Each year since the adoption of the Programme of Action on the Culture of Peace in 1999, as well as a related Declaration, the Assembly has adopted a resolution on the topic, proclaiming the year 2000 as the ‘International Year for the Culture of Peace,’ and the period of 2001-2010 as the ‘International Decade for a Culture of Peace and Non-Violence for the Children of the World.’
IHAN Visits Tanga, Tanzania
Dr. Roshan Sorosh has visited health centers in rural and urban areas and has given informal educational seminars for women. During her time in Tanga, Dr. Sorosh has identified several midwives with good command of the English language to become an essential part of a new radio talk show that aims at educating and empowering the health and socioeconomic status of woman in Tanzania.
IHAN Attends International Youth Day: Youth Migration
On Monday, 12 August, 2013 The United Nations held International Youth Day focusing on Youth Migration. IHAN was proud to have attended the enlightening conference. Speakers traveled from afar to discuss their experiences, information and vision for the future regarding the migration of youths across the globe. Jean-Pierre Gonnot, of the Social Integration Branch, Division for Social Policy and Development and member of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs, moderated the openings of the conference. He had much to say about the migration of youths of today’s generation. Gonnot illuminated the audience with information regarding youth migration. He stated that youth’s supplement the economies of the places they immigrate to, however often youths are subjected to poor working conditions, low pay and very long hours. These conditions drive youth migration. Charles Dan, Special Adviser on the Youth and Social Inclusion of the International Labour Organization feels as though youth migration should not be a possibility but a necessity. With the correct policies by supporting governments and the active support of youths around the world via Twitter, Facebook and other social media, Dan argues, together we can remedy the wrongs of youth discrimination and provide new found opportunities to improve the lives of millions worldwide. Dan magically stated that this goal is “…something only you [the youths of society] can do.”
A High Level Dialogue regarding Youth Migration and Development is scheduled on October, 3 through October 4, 2013 to be held at the United Nations. For more information visit, www.unmigration.com
IHAN Visits Ghana and Works with OIC International.
Earlier this year members of the IHAN Team visited Ghana and worked closely with OIC International. Established in 1971, OIC International in Ghana provides training in vocational skills and offers counseling, job-placement, and follow-up services to disadvantaged, unskilled, and unemployed Ghanaian youth. OIC Ghana is a nationally recognized organization operating in the Greater Accra Region, the Western Region, the Asanti Region, Eastern Region and Brong Ahalfo Region, as well as Kumasi and Gyedu. On the trip to Ghana, IHAN Team members were introduced to several wonderful people including the Azari family. Read more about IHAN’s trip to Ghana in an article listed under the “Projects Tab.”
“Behind the Headlines” with RICHARD N. HAASS
Dr. Dawn Digrius, Co-Vice President of IHAN, attends an event on behalf of IHAN sponsored by IPI (International Peace Institute) “Behind the Headlines” with RICHARD N. HAASS, President of the Council on Foreign Relations, and author of the book Foreign Policy Begins at Home: The Case for Putting America’s House in Order on June 10, 2013.
“May I Ask A Question?”
On Thursday June 20, 2013, IHAN actively participated in the United Nations Briefing, “May I Ask A Question, Mr. Under-Secretary-General and Special Adviser on Africa, Maged Abdelaziz?” – DPI/NGO. Click here to view video from the briefings.
United for a Culture of Peace Through Interfaith Harmony
On February 14, 2013, the United for a Culture of Peace Through Interfaith Harmony was held at the United Nations Headquarters. The event was a combination of discussions, prayers, and flag presentations. Speaker after speaker reiterated the benefits of religious tolerance and its influence on conflict resolution. The symphonies of peace prayers illuminated the nonviolent qualities of faiths spanning from Bahá’í and Buddhist to Sikh and Zoroastrian. The presentation of the flags of each of the 193 UN Member states concluded the event equally harmoniously as it began and accentuated the progress the world has made through peace. “A moment of Peace can and shall Save the World.” -Sri Chinmoy
Other Events Included:
Held on March 9, 2013: CSW Side EventFordham U, Institute for Women & Girls, IHAN Fordham University NYC in the Pope Auditorium.
Held on March 11, 2013: CSW Side EventIHAN & GMCoP in the Church Center of the UN.
Held on March 13, 2013: CSW Side Event NGO Health Committee & IHAN
Events from 2012:
IHAN hosted 3 parallel events for CSW 56 in February 28 – March 9, 2012.
On Friday, December 9, 2012, at 11:00am, we participated in our third radio talk show commemorating International Human Right’s Day. You can participate by calling 760-283-0850 or through skype “AfricanViews.”
On Saturday, December 3rd, Dr. Roshan was broadcasted on African Views radio talk show titled, “AHD: Pros and Cons of C-section versus Natural Birth.” Click here to listen.
On Friday, December 2nd at 11:00am – 12:00pm, Dr. Sorosh Roshan (president of IHAN) was broadcasted on African Views radio talk show speaking on “Youth As Agents of Change: Girls and Boys Combatting Violence Against Women” along with a vibrant panel of youth speakers.Click here to listen.
Events from 2011
On Monday, November 14th, 2011, Dr. Sorosh Roshan spoke on a panel to a full auditorium held by the Light Millennium on Millennium Developmental Goal 3 at Stevens Institute of Technology alongside Ambassador Kohona and other esteemed colleagues. The evening was entitled: ”Gender Equality and Empowering Women: Minority Rights and Discrimination.”
The 64th Annual Department of Public Information/ Non-Governmental Organization Conference took place in Bonn, Germany from 3-5 September 2011. This year’s theme was “Sustainable Societies: Responsive Citizens.”