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.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Our partners on this medical mission

Children's National Medical Center, Washington DC
Craig Sable, MD- pediatric cardiologist and leader CNMC team
Ozzie Rivera, biomedical engineer
Duane Stillions, MD pediatric cardiac anesthesiologist
Gerald Mikesell- cardiopulmonary bypass perfusionist
Tracey Clapp, RN -pediatric cardiac OR nurse
Melissa Jones, RN- PICU nurse
Lynda Datillio, RN- PICU nurse
Niti Dham, MD- Senior pediatric cardiology Fellow

University of Florida, Jacksonville
Stephanie Lacey, MD- pediatric cardiologist
Robert Dabal, MD- pediatric cardiac surgeon

Molly Turner, MPH- patient liason, Samaritan’s Purse

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