Our Declaration

We believe that every person affected by childhood-onset heart disease has the right to receive all needed services to reach their full potential. We are asking our members and the CHD/RHD community to please sign our Declaration.

About Us

Our alliance brings together organizations from around the world to learn, collaborate, and speak out together about the unmet needs of those living with heart conditions that begin in childhood.

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Learn more about CHD and RHD and how it affects people worldwide, and watch our Global ARCH LIVE webinars on a wide variety of topics. As well, you will find educational material and useful links – and we’re always adding more.

Recent Posts

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Why a Global Coalition Matters: One Mother’s Story

Tendai Moyo, founder of Brave Little Hearts Zimbabwe, is an active member the Global ARCH Board of Directors. She joined to help raise awareness about congenital heart disease (CHD) and the devastating impact it can have on families struggling to find lifesaving medical care for their babies with CHD. A race against time to save

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“CHD is real and so are we”: Brave Little Hearts South Africa

Brave Little Hearts South Africa (BLHSA) is a support and advocacy group for parents of children with congenital heart disease (CHD). BLHSA strives to raise awareness of CHD by facilitating and implementing support programmes for families with CHD, and advocacy by creating platforms in the medical field for engagement concerning critical CHD matters. BLHSA also

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NCD workshop on meaningful engagement of people living with non-communicable diseases in Nepal: first of its kind

The first-of-its-kind workshop on the meaningful engagement of people living with non-communicable diseases (NCDs), “Nothing for Us, Without Us: Meaningful Engagement of People Living with NCDs,” was recently held in Kathmandu, Nepal. It was initiated by Global ARCH Board Member Anu Gomanju, an active RHD advocate. The workshop took a year to plan and became

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Global ARCH well represented at 14th Global Forum on Humanitarian Medicine in Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery

The conference was chaired by Prof. Afksendiyos Kalangos, President and Founder of the Global Forum, who presented the Welcome Address. Conference organizers included Global ARCH Medical Advisory Board member Dr. Kathy Jenkins and Board Member Bistra Zheleva. The aim of the Congress was to continue to address critical issues facing developing countries, including the shortage

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Join our global network of CHD and RHD organizations so we can all work together to improve the lives of children and adults with heart disease that begins in childhood.

Nahimeh Jaffar 

Nahimeh Jaffar has worked as a certified Project Manager (PMP) in various fields, including Public Health, Biotech, and Pharmaceuticals, working within clinical settings such as hospitals and clinics. In addition, she worked with global communities in Africa, the Caribbean, and the Middle East, supporting various social impact projects. Ms. Jaffar has been involved in preventive health initiatives in collaboration with the Center for Disease Control (CDC, USA) and the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS, USA).


Ms. Jaffar holds an MBA in Business Development from the Swiss Institute of Higher Management, Vevey, Switzerland, and a bachelor’s degree in Consumer Affairs from California State University, Northridge, USA.

Amy Verstappen, President

Amy Verstappen has been a patient advocate and health educator since 1996, when her own challenges living with a complex heart defect led her to the Adult Congenital Heart Association, where she served as president from 2001 to 2013. She has served as an advisor to the Centers for Disease Control the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute; and the International Society for Adult Congenital Cardiac Disease, and worked with congenital heart patient and professional groups throughout the USA and the world.  Ms. Verstappen received a Masters in Education in 1990 and a Masters in Global Health in 2019.