Who We Are

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.

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

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. 


Our Mission Statement

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.