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.
MissionThe 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
Keith Kocis, MD - pediatric cardiac intensivist and founder
Katherine Desrochers, RN - PICU nurse
Karla Brown, RN, PNP - pediatric cardiac surgery nurse practitioner
Jennifer Olsen, RN - PICU nurse
Bill Nicotra - cardiopulmonary bypass perfusionist
Ruben Bocanegra - physician assist in cardiac surgery
Brian Olsen, MD - senior pediatric intensive care fellow
Lupe Haynes, RRT - pediatric respiratory therapist
Helen Snow - public relations and patient liaison
Debbie Sams - child health advocate and patient liaison
Pablo Durana - cinematographer