About Us

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 the 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. IHAN is affiliated with the International Council of Women and the National Council of Women in the United States and is also associated with the NGO Forum for Health, and the United Nations NGO Committee on Narcotics and Substance Abuse.


Dr. Sorosh Roshan

Sorosh Roshan, M.D., MPH, Founding President

Dr. Sorosh Roshan is the founder and president of the International Health Awareness Network. She was an Adjunct Associate Professor at New York University, vice president of the International Council of Women, and President of the National Council of Women/U.S.A. She is also currently the Director Lehman College foundation. Dr. Roshan is one of the most salient voices on women’s health and empowerment advocacy worldwide. IHAN’s mission is to educate, empower and provide health care to socioeconomically underserved women and children. IHAN has advisory council members in Jordan, Kenya, India, Switzerland, Turkey, Pakistan, USA, Australia, Bangladesh, South Africa, China, Egypt, Niger, England, Iran and Japan

Dr. Vijaya Melnick

Vijaya Melnick, Ph.D., Co-President

Vijaya Melnick is Professor Emeritus of Biological & Environmental Sciences. She also served as Director of the Center for Applied Research and Urban Policy, and as the Director of the Office of Sponsored Research & Programs at the University of the District of Columbia, Washington DC. She is Associate Director, International Center for Interdisciplinary Studies in Immunology, Georgetown Univ. Medical Center. She has served on the faculty of Health Care Ethics at Howard Univ. Medical College. She is Co-President of the International Health Awareness Network, a United Nations affiliated organization. She has served as Senior Science Advisor to the Lemelson Center for Inventions & Innovations, National Museum of American History, The Smithsonian Institution, and as Science Advisor and member of faculty of the Einstein Institute for Science, Health and the Courts. She has served as Principal Investigator on several research projects related to the health of women & children including international research & ethics programs. She is the author of a number of research and policy articles and books. She serves on several boards and executive committees of national and international organizations concerned with health and/or education, and she is listed in various Who’s Who publications. She is a biologist and received her Ph.D, and postdoctoral training, from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin

Dr. Suzanne Stutman

Suzanne Stutman, Ph.D., Co-Vice President

Dr. Suzanne Stutman is a Professor Emeritus of English, American Studies, and Women’s Studies at Penn State University’s Abington College. She is Past President of the National Council of Women. Professor  Stutman authored five scholarly texts and three books of poetry: Broken Feather: A Journey to Healing, White Feather: A Journey to Peace, and All the Power Rests with You. Dr. Stutman has written poetry on behalf of several organizations, including The International Health Awareness Network, The National Council of Women of the United States, The International Council of Women, Friends of the Children (The Center for Children’s Support), The Philadelphia Children’s Alliance, Women Organized Against Rape, and Heartbeat, South Africa. Her poems have been read and exhibited at the United Nations and at various locations around the world. Dr. Stutman is the Immediate Past President of the National Council of Women of the United States and Vice President of Educational Outreach for the International Health Awareness Network. She is also a past president of The Thomas Wolfe Society. She serves on the advisory boards of the Toni Morrison Society, The Thomas Wolfe Society, and the Survivors’ Art Foundation

Mahnaz Sarachi, Ph.D.

Mahnaz Sarachi, MsPH, Ph.D., Executive Director

Dr. Sarachi is the Chief, Business Officer at the Department of Veterans Affairs, New Jersey Healthcare System located in East Orange, New Jersey.  Dr. Sarachi has held this position for over 10 years and is a highly qualified, respected and skilled Director in today’s Health Care Industry. Dr. Sarachi possess more than 30 years of experience in the field of Revenue Cycle, Managed Care and Health Information Management. Dr. Sarachi’s knowledge and expertise gives her the insight to develop and implement system procedures utilized to establish benchmark standards.  This results in the maximization and produced efficiency of the workforce.  Dr. Sarachi developed and implemented new strategies to achieve the highest goals in the operation of managed health care.  She is a giving mentor who cares about the quality of healthcare our Nation’s Veterans received.



Beatrice Goodwin, R.N., Ph.D

Beatrice Goodwin, R.N., Ph.D. Board Member


Eliana Horta, R.N., M.S., M.Ph.

Eliana Horta, R.N., M.S., M.Ph. U.N. Representative


Honorable Zara Nuru

Honorable Zara Nuru, Board Member

Madam Nuru is the Non-Executive Director of the Equity Bank of Tanzania.  Ms. Nuru holds a Master of Science in Managerial Economics, Quantitative Methods and Business Administration including Trade and Marketing from Hult University. She is a Policy Advisor for IHAN (International Health Awareness Network) and Tanzania Women Chamber of Commerce. Previously she has worked as the Personal Assistant to the President on Diplomatic and International Affairs United Republic of Tanzania; consultant/Advisor of the United Nations Of the Special Advisor on Africa; among other capacities in the United Nations. She has also worked with the Government of the United Republic of Tanzania as Permanent Secretary for Health, Community Development, Culture, Women, Youth and sports; Deputy Permanent Secretary and Director of Management Development and Administration and Head of Planning, Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare among other capacities

Professor Gabrielle Casper BSc(Hons) MBBS FRANZCOG

Dr. Gabrielle Casper, Board Member

Dr. Gabrielle Casper is a Sydney Gynaecologist with a special interest in women’s health and human rights including violence against women. She was one of two NGO delegates on the Australian Government Delegation to CSW 2003. She is Past President of the Australian Federation of Medical Women and Past President of Medical Women’s International Association (MWIA). She has undertaken projects with the World Health Organisation and the United Nations. She is Head of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, School of Medicine, Sydney, The University of Notre Dame Australia and Chairman of the NSW State Committee of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RANZCOG). She received the 2004 Australian Medical Association (AMA) Women’s Health Award and the 2004 AMA Women in Medicine Award. Prof Casper enjoys working as a gynecologist and cares for her patients with compassion and understanding while lobbying to improve women’s health in Australia and overseas.

Dr. Melody Behnam, M.D

Dr. Melody Behnam, Youth Committee Co-chair

Dr. Melody Behnam is Co-Chair of IHANs youth committee and an obstetrician-gynecologist in Ridgewood, New Jersey who is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area, including Hackensack University Medical Center and St. Joseph’s Healthcare System-Paterson. She graduated with honors in 2001 from Ross University School of Medicine and has been in practice for over 17 years. Dr. Behnam has been awarded more than 7 times for excellent work in the Obstetrics/Gynecology field. She is one of 165 doctors at Hackensack University Medical Center and one of 57 at St. Joseph’s Healthcare System-Paterson who specialize in Obstetrics & Gynecology.

Dr. Sulang Rosado

Dr. Sulang Rosado, Youth Committee Co-chair

Dr. Sulang Rosado is Co-chair of IHANs Youth Committee, having joined us from Chambersburg, a small town in southeastern PA, where she is a full time practicing OBGYN. She has been with her practice at Summit Women’s group since 2006. A native of Puerto Rico she obtained both her Bachelor’s of  Science degree and Medical Degree there. She has been in private Practice for the past 13 years. She completed her Residency in OBGYN at Crozer Chester Medical Center in Upland, PA in 2005. She’s a board-certified ob-gyn, mother of an 8-year-old boy, and she has completed 5 Marathons including NYC and Boston.

Jourdan Williams

Jourdan Williams, Global Director of Policy & Advocacy; Youth Representative to the U.N.

Jourdan Williams is Director of Global Policy & Advocacy as well as the Youth Representative to the United Nations for the International Health Awareness Network. She is also Vice-chair of the Working Group on Girls at the United Nations and a Columbia University graduate student specializing in neuropsychology and global mental health. Her research foci include the neurodevelopmental effects of complex trauma, medical capacity building frameworks in post-conflict settings, and the impact of migration law and policy on displaced children’s access to care. Jourdan has spearheaded the design and implementation of numerous interventions in under-resourced communities, having served with a variety of NGOs that support young girls, children with disabilities, socioeconomically disadvantaged youth, refugees, and undocumented persons. In addition, she has experience as a bilingual STEM educator, child advocate, and immigration caseworker.


Jaco Hoffman, Ph. D. Board Member

Jaco, a South African, joined the Oxford Institute of Population Ageing, University of Oxford in October 2006 and is currently a Senior Research Fellow, developing the Institute’s focus on ageing in Africa through the conduct of research and, with Isabella Aboderin, joint coordination of the African Research on Ageing Network (AFRAN).  His research interests revolve around intergenerational issues in Africa in general and in particular the configuration and reconfiguration of these relationships in the context of poverty and HIV/AIDS. This research is funded by James Martin and the Oppenheimer Fund.  The African Research on Ageing Network (AFRAN) is a United Nations endorsed program, hosted by the Oxford Institute of Population Ageing. This collaborative network brings together African and international institutions and individuals from academia, policy, and practice to develop and expand African research and training capacity on aging.  As Past President of the South African Gerontological Association (SAGA) and Chairperson in the structures of the then National Peace Accord (South Africa), he continues to be involved in various developmental programs and initiatives in the field of aging and reconciliation in South Africa.

Keiko Chevray

Keiko Chevray, Board Member

Keiko Uesawa Chevray served as  Director of the Japanese Language Program at Columbia University in New York and full-time Senior Lecturer in Japanese in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at Columbia University and has established a Keiko Chevray award for excellence in East Asian languages.

Honorable Yun Sook Lee

Honorable Yun Sook Lee, Board Member

Hon. Yunsook Lee is the former South Korean Minister of Political Affairs. She has been a member of the National Assembly (ROK) of the Republic of Korea, as well as the Committee of National De- fense, and has held many other key positions in the Korean government, including Chairperson of the Special Committee on Women of the National assembly. Mrs. Lee is also the President of the Korea National Council of Women, Advisor to the United Nations Association of Korea, and Delegate to the Fourth United Nations Conference on Women. She is a graduate of Ewha Woman’s University and has been a radio and TV commentator in Korea since 1959.


Peace Action International
The Ribbon International
The International Council of Women
The National Council on Women’s Health


Homa Mahmoudi, Ph.D, USA
Maggie Miqueo, Esq., USA
Rosalinda Rubenstein, M.D., USA
Homayra Sellier, Switzerland
Manijeh Wishart, M.D., UK
Simone Zerah, M.D.

Ardi Abar, USA

Orchid Abar, USA, Medical Student

Maria Hensen, Dominican Republic

Leanne Barrineau, USA