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Global Arch Live: Improving Global Inequities in Pediatric and Congenital Heart Care

This webinar highlights the global burden of disease for congenital and rheumatic heart disease and the challenge of accessing treatment in low- and middle-income countries. It also introduces the Call to Action campaign, which will be introduced at the 8th World Congress of Pediatric Cardiology & Cardiac Surgery (WCPCCS) in August, 2023. The webinar presenters are Bistra Zheleva, VP of Global Strategy and Advocacy, Children’s HeartLink; Dr. Jeffrey Jacobs, Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics, University of Florida, and Co-chair of the WCPCCS; Dr. Kathy Jenkins, Senior Associate in Cardiology, Department of Cardiology, Executive Director, Center of Applied Pediatric Quality Analytics, Boston Children’s Hospital, Professor of Pediatrics, Boston Medical School. Invited panelists are Mr. Farhan Ahmad, CEO Pakistan Children’s Heart Foundation; Dr. Sandra Mattos, Maternal-Fetal Cardiac Unit, Real Hospital Portugues, Brazil, and Sreehari M. Nair, Indian Department of Health and Family Welfare, Government of Kerla, India. The webinar is moderated by Amy Verstappen, President of Global ARCH.

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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.