Global ARCH attends UN General Assembly for Prevention and Control of NCDs

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Global ARCH attends UN General Assembly for Prevention and Control of NCDs

On July 5th, 2018, Global ARCH attended the Interactive Hearing in preparation for the third High-level Meeting of the UN General Assembly on the Prevention and Control of Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) as part of the Children’s HeartLink delegation. Global ARCH President Amy Verstappen advocated for the recognition of rheumatic and congenital heart disease as a major cause of NCD mortality and disability worldwide. She joined the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Global Health CouncilPartners in Health, and many other stakeholder groups in calling for life-long access to needed medical care for every person affected by NCDs.

Global ARCH

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.