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.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

What a difference a week makes

While sitting here on-call here in the Mulago Intensive Care Unit ward, I have time to reflect on the past week. I think that others have captured quite well the atmosphere here in the hospital and in Africa. However, what amazes me the most is how much progress has been made. I have seen how much more comfortable the Ugandan medical staff caring for these patients have become with the patients in their charge. Witnessing the passive assimilation of knowledge and information presented to them transform to active acquisition of information, active processing of information and engaging our team to integrate this into their daily practice has been inspiring. It proves to me that all of our efforts have not been in vain and gives me great hope for the future and what we can accomplish.


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