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 23, 2007

Ugandan President Museveni visits the Pediatric Cardiac Program

We were all suprised to have His Excellence Museveni come and spend about an hour visiting our successful program at Mulago Hospital. He arrived with the Minister of Health and a larger entourage and went to the board room for a meeting with senior leadership at the Hospital, Medical School, Board of the Uganda Heart Institute, and the US Medical Team (Lead by Dr Craig Sable, with Dr Stephanie Lacey and myself reprenting each of the 3 institutions). But the most prominent individuals were Edward, our first bypass patient (S/P ASD), and his grandmother who cares for him. Edward was sporting his UNC tee shirt under his dress outfit and the President had a chance to see his sternal scar and the UNC shirt (see pictures below). The President went to the pediatric cardiac ICU and meet all of the US and Ugandan Nurses, RT's, and staff. He then went to "theatre" (OR) to see the last surgery (number 9) in progress. He then left the Hospital.

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