Children, patients, and the young have a voice at the UN meeting on NCDs

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Children, patients, and the young have a voice at the UN meeting on NCDs

“The greater presence of young people and patients is an encouraging sign

that the agenda is shifting”, says Bistra Zheleva. “The young people becoming engaged in programmes to counter NCDs are remarkable and inspiring. There is a whole new cadre of young medical and public health professionals who care and want to see a change, and their voices were clear and loud. The representative of NCD Free compellingly called out to UN member governments, “We are here, expecting governments to lead the way. Involve us!”

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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.