Global ARCH welcomes five new and one returning board member

Global ARCH / Global ARCH welcomes five new and one returning board member

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 impressive leadership, the organization continues to successfully advocate for CHD and RHD rights, policy changes, and creating awareness in the community.

Grace Jerald was the first CHD patient in Malaysia to undergo the switch operation for Transposition of the Great Arteries. With a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) from the University of Malaya in Malaysia, Grace has held numerous positions in database management, event planning, and empowering and running volunteer teams. Throughout 2020 she has been a valued member of the Global ARCH communications committee.

Lavinia Ndinangoye is a nurse, musician, and an RHD ambassador in Namibia. At the age of 9 she was diagnosed with RHD but for many years was lost to follow up. As a person with health challenges, Lavinia developed a great passion and desire to help and serve others, especially those with health-related issues. As a musician, Lavinia recorded the RHD awareness song “GET BACK YOUR CONFIDENCE”, which was launched during a local RHD campaign. She is currently running a project called ‘RHD IS NOT A DISABILITY’ to create awareness of rheumatic fever prevention.

Mehwish Mukhtar is a radio broadcaster, teacher, social activist, motivational speaker, and blogger in Lahore, Pakistan. As the mother of a son with CHD, she is a tireless advocate for CHD patients, helping other families find proper cardiac care for their CHD children. Mehwish is a committed volunteer and someone who will bring creative and advocacy skills to the Global ARCH team.

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 impressive leadership, the organization continues to successfully advocate for CHD and RHD rights, policy changes, and creating awareness in the community.

Bistra Zheleva, the Vice President of Global Strategy and Advocacy at Children’s HeartLink, has been welcomed back to the Global ARCH board with open arms after a brief hiatus. She is an International development expert with close to 20 years of experience in program implementation and advocacy for improved access to care for children in need of pediatric cardiac services. In her year away from the board Bistra continued to contribute her expertise to our advocacy efforts.

You can read their full bios HERE.

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