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.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

The patients

Drs. Craig Sable and Stephanie Lacey screened patients yesterday and we had our first multidisciplinary surgical case conference. With our two Ugandan Cardiac Surgeons (Dr John Omagino and Dr Tom Mwambu), Cardiologist (Dr Peter Lwaba), and our team (cardiac surgeon, anesthesiologist, cardiologists and intensivists). Conference was quite interesting, interactive, and necessary for the final planning of the next week. We have chosen to move ahead with the following schedule:

Tuesday: 3 year old PDA ligation (non bypass)
Wedsday: 12 year old Atrial Septal Defect closure (bypass case)

Thursday: 13 year old PDA one TBA (this patient canceled)

Friday: two ASD closures (ages 2 years and 5 years)

Saturday: 4 year old ventricular septal defect

Monday: 12 year old with subaortic membrane with severe left ventricular outflow track obstruction and a 15 year old PDA

Tuesday: 4 year old ASD

We'll let you know how things are going, day by day...

1 comment:

Uganda Medical Mission Team said...

Hello Team! Just found the blog spot and wanted to congratulate y'all on bringing it together so well for the care of these children. I'll be watching and praying for your success and safety...can't wait to hear about it all. Thanks to each of you. I miss you.