About UNC Project-Uganda

In 2004, a group of UNC physicians established the Amal Murarka International Pediatric Health Foundation in memory of their colleague, Dr. Amal Murarka, who died unexpectedly in 2003. The foundation sent a medical team to Kampala to establish the country's first pediatric intensive care unit at Mulago Hospital, Makerere University, where Dr. Murarka had previously conducted research. Subsequent work in 2007 and 2008 focused on pediatric cardiac surgery. The foundation not only built a cardiac ICU, but also performed a total of 21 life-saving pediatric cardiac surgeries.

In 2008 the foundation partnered with the Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases to establish UNC Project-Uganda.


The UNC Project-Uganda was established to support sustainable delivery of compassionate and competent health care to infants, children, and adolescents in Uganda; to improve the medical knowledge of the Ugandan health care workforce through in-country training and a physician exchange program; and to provide advanced medical equipment, medications, and services necessary for the delivery of compassionate and competent pediatric care in Uganda.

Saturday, October 20, 2007

A word from Bill Nicotra

It's Saturday afternoon here and we just finished our 5th bypass case this week. What a great experience! The people are so friendly and very gracious that we are here. I have been training a perfusionist on staff here in Uganda. His name is Sam and he already had some perfusion training from India and Japan. He pumped his first case ever Friday. He is coming along very well. This trip makes you really appreciate all the little things that we, back home, take for granted. I really feel grateful that I had the chance to help out over here. I highly recommend it !!!

Bill Nicotra, perfusionist

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