The Global Alliance for Rheumatic and Congenital Hearts (Global ARCH) began with a visionary group of congenital heart disease (CHD) and rheumatic heart disease (RHD) leaders, each directly affected by childhood-onset heart disease. They shared a vision of transforming global CHD and RHD outcomes through empowering patient and family-led organizations.

In the summer of 2017, they convened the first International Congenital Heart Leadership Summit (ICHLS) which brought together 30 CHD and RHD leaders representing 21 countries on six continents. In order to create a stronger voice on behalf of CHD and RHD patients and families, the participants agreed unanimously to form a new, independent non-profit organization called the Global Alliance for Rheumatic and Congenital Hearts (Global ARCH). The collective vision for Global ARCH is to improve and prolong the life of every heart child and adult – no matter where they were born.

Global ARCH was incorporated in the United States in February of 2018, at which time it had 18 founding member organizations. Collectively these organizations raised over $18 million, facilitating 6,000 surgeries, and serving over 30,000 patients and families between 2015 and 2017. We hope you add your voice to our efforts, and join Global ARCH now.