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Global ARCH attends PEN-Plus regional strategy to address severe NCDs in Africa

In April, Global ARCH Executive Director Kate Doherty-Schmeck and Board member Ruth Ngwaro attended the inaugural international conference on the PEN-Plus regional strategy in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania to address severe and chronic non-communicable diseases (NCDs). Health experts, survivors, and leaders advanced discussions on ending NCDs. They gathered with health ministries, African country leaders and health ministry

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World Birth Defects Day webinar: Working together to build a common voice

In a landmark show of solidarity, five patient organizations representing people with congenital anomalies joined the World Health Organization and U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for a webinar in celebration of World Birth Defects Day. Addressing Birth Defects Inequities – Prevention, Lifesaving, and Lifelong Care, presented on March 4, aimed to raise awareness

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Heart Month & CHD Awareness Day 2024

Heart Month and CHD Awareness Week were a buzz of activity, and we shared as much as we could on our social media channels! Here are just a handful, as well as a short video we created. Thank you to all of our member organizations for sending, and showing off, your amazing campaigns.

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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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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.