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.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

The cardiologists

Dr. Craig Sable has been coming to Mulago Hospital since 2002. He has screened thousands of children over those years with his dear friend and colleague, Dr Peter Lwabi, aUgandan Pediatric cardiologist. Together these two had the vision then, for what the program is NOW. Drs. Stephanie Lacey, Lowell Frank, and Laura Olivieri enter the hospital each morning to see a waiting room full of children and their families. Along with Samaritan's Purse volunteers, they register the patients and gather extensive clinical histories and demographics. Complete physical examinations are performed followed by echocardiography. The days are full. In between these patients' visits, they are called to the operating "Theatre" for transesophageal echo's. A long growing list of children in need of curative heart operations now exists. We will complete 11 operations on this mission, but many, many more are needed.

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