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CHD Malaysia: COVID-19, Vaccines & CHD — Webinar

Global ARCH member CHD Malaysia recently held their first of four patient and families education webinars in partnership with Children’s HeartLink, MPCS and Malaysian leader, Grace Jerald from CHD Malaysia. The recording is now available HERE.

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Global ARCH co-authors consensus paper on transition to adult congenital heart disease care

Global ARCH is excited to announce that it has co-authored and endorsed an important consensus paper, published in the European Society of Cardiology’s European Heart Journal. The article describes issues and practices of transition and transfer of adolescents with congenital heart disease. Global ARCH played an important role in recruiting groups and soliciting regular feedback

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CHD Malaysia and partners host COVID-19 webinar

CHD Malaysia’s founder and Global ARCH board member Grace Jerald, in partnership with Children’s HeartLink and The Malaysian Paediatric Cardiac Society (MPCS), held the first of four patient and family education webinars. The recording is now available on YouTube by clicking HERE.

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We have a new website!

We have a new look, as well as new features that will make our website more versatile and functional for our global audience. Now all pages can be translated into a wide variety of languages using the translate tool at the top of the page (on a computer) or at the footer using a mobile

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Global ARCH welcomes five new and one returning board member

Global ARCH welcomes five new and one returning board member: Ruth Ngwaro, Grace Jerald, Lavinia Ndinangoye, Mehwish Mukhtar, David La Fontaine, and Bistra Zheleva. Ruth Ngwaro is originally from Kenya but is now living in the United States. As a congenital heart disease (CHD) patient, Ruth founded the non-profit organization Kenya Mended Hearts Patient’s Association (KMHPA). Through her

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RHD Action launches 2019 Small Grants Programme

RHD Action is pleased to launch the first round of our Small Grants Programme for 2019 with this request for proposal. To date, 13 projects in a dozen countries from across the globe have been funded & supported through our RHD Action Small Grants Programme which was launched in 2017. Read more at

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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.