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1st World Congress on Rheumatic Heart Disease – “a truly global movement”

“We must not forget the human faces behind these statistics. RHD is a burden that falls disproportionately on the most vulnerable. These statistics are not just numbers; they are lives interrupted.”– WHF President-Elect Jagat Narula The 1st World Congress on Rheumatic Heart Disease in Abu Dhabi, hosted by the World Heart Federation (WHF), offered up an agenda packed

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Global ARCH visits USAID & the World Bank

On August 31, representatives from Global ARCH, Children’s HeartLink, and the 8th World Congress for Pediatric Cardiology & Cardiac Surgery, met with the maternal and child health and nutrition team at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in Washington, DC. Later in the day, the group met with officials from the World Bank. This small group of

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Global ARCH joins birth defects contingent at UNGA2023

Global ARCH joined Operation Smile, Miracle Feet, and Children’s HeartLink at the UN General Assembly meeting on September 21 to speak up for the needs of children born with birth defects around the globe in need of surgical correction or other treatment, and how to advocate with policymakers for their inclusion in the universal health coverage agenda. This high-level meeting, sponsored

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Global ARCH Declaration the focus of this year’s World Heart Day

Global ARCH loves to celebrate World Heart Day! This year we’ve created personalized posters for many of our members to use to help raise awareness of CHD and RHD, with links to our Declaration of Rights. We also asked our members to send us photos in support of the Declaration of Rights in their communities. Here

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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.