We have a new website!

Global ARCH / We have a new website!

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 device. If we’ve missed a language please let us know and add it if possible. We also have a blog – do you have a story to tell about your experience as a patient or leader of a CHD or RHD organization? We’d love to hear it. We will also continue to feature organizations in our “Spotlight” section so you can showoff some of your challenges and successes.

Please take a look around. If you have suggestions or comments please email info@global-arch.org.

A huge thanks to the Pakistan Children’s Heart Foundation for creating our original website, which saw us through our first few years. We wouldn’t be here without you!

Shelagh Ross

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.