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.

Monday, October 29, 2007

The farewell reception

WOW, what an amazing evening at the Serena Hotel. We all got dressed up (Katherine wearing her Makerere University scarf) and went to the lavish downtown Kampala Hotel. There we met probably 100 individuals including the Ugandan team (all the RNs, perfusionists, physicians, administrators, etc) along with representatives from the Ministry of Health (and probably others).

We were treated to a FABULOUS African Dance troupe. They dressed, danced, and sang a whole series of native African pieces. We all joined in and added a little American "translation" to the dancing. Rain came and we ran inside to the more formal introductions and speeches. We had our group picture taken and then retired home (a little late in the evening). What a fun and exciting conclusion to our trip!

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