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.
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Monday was spent unpacking boxes and boxes and boxes of supplies and then setting up the OR and the ICU. The cardiologists screened and echoed the potential patients and chose two for surgery today. When we got here this morning though one of the kid's Xray indicated he had pneumonia and his surgery has been postponed until later this week. He's been started on antibiotics and another patient has been chosen.
Nursing lectures are about to start and with good fortune one of us will be able to get back on to blog some more later today.
Diane Yorke PhD RN
Clinical Assistant Professor
UNC Chapel Hill School of Nursing