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

UNC's last operative day

Today was the last day of patient care for the UNC team. Dr. Dabal and Dr. Tom operated on a child with an atrial septal defect. They remained focused even though the Hospital, OR, and Cardiac ICU were spinning with the arrival and tour of President Museveni. The child did well and was extubated within several hours of arriving in the CICU. The DC Children's Team will continue care until they depart home on Friday. The Ugandan surgeons will operate on the 10th child tomorrow (Wednesday), a child with a PDA (non bypass case). Dr Dabal finished his case, said goodbye to all, and dashed off to the airport for his return trip home....The UNC team will pack and say good bye to everyone tomorrow.....We were just made aware of a good bye reception for the team tonight from the Ugandan team......How generous and kind...

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