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 children and their heart defects

We have had such adjustments in the OR schedule that it has taken me until now to post the children and their cardiac defects.

Oct 7
Patricia G...2.5 yrs...PDA ligation
Kato N...13 yrs...secundum ASD closure

Oct 8
Edwin K...3 yrs...perimembranous VSD and sub aortic membrane repair
Linet K...10 yrs...Coarctation of the aorta repair

Oct 9 (Ugandan Independence Day)
Caroline K...11 yrs...secundum ASD closure

Oct 10
Dickson N...5 yrs...secundum ASD closure
Ryan K...3 yrs...secundum ASD with partial anomalous pulmonary
venous return (repair with baffle)

Oct 11

Oct 12
Sam T... 3 yrs...perimembranous VSD closure
Rogers B...17 yrs...secundum ASD closure

Oct 13
PDA ligation (TBA)

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