Friday, June 1, 2012

HealthRight International Appoints Sostena Romano as Executive Director


The Board of Directors of HealthRight International, Inc. (Doctors of the World-USA 1990-2009) is pleased to announce the appointment of Sostena Romano as Executive Director.

"Sostena's passion and commitment to improving lives of others, her wide-ranging field experience developing health services for poor and marginalized communities in the developing world and here in the US, her keen intellect and her strong leadership make her a wonderful choice to lead HealthRight," said Steven J. Berger , Chairman of the Board of Directors.  "We are confident that Sostena will help us continue and expand HealthRight's twenty-two years of success building lasting access to health for excluded communities around the world."

"I am thrilled to join HealthRight and its dedicated staff and volunteers," said Romano.  "The right to health care is among the most basic and essential human rights.  There has never been a greater need for HealthRight's work to provide local communities with the means to fight disease, to prevent women from dying in childbirth, and to ensure torture survivors have refuge and children have the support and protection of families."

Romano has over twenty-five years of experience in the development and management of health programs serving vulnerable populations in the US and internationally, having overseen projects in multiple countries in Asia and Africa, most recently as director of global program management at the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI).  Romano led CHAI in developing a holistic approach to the prevention of mother-to-child HIV transmission that emphasizes comprehensive care across the full spectrum of maternal, newborn, and child health services.  This work has helped show that it is possible to dramatically reduce HIV transmission and improve health for vulnerable women and children in the most rural, resource-limited settings.  Romano has an MBA in Healthcare Leadership and MSN in Pediatric Nursing from Yale University.  Most importantly, throughout her work Romano has demonstrated a deep commitment to health and human rights and has focused her considerable talents on efforts designed to ensure access to high quality care and services to communities in need.

*** HealthRight International (Doctors of the World-USA 1990-2009) is a global health and human rights organization working to build lasting access to health for excluded communities.  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, and the United States.  For more information, please visit: