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.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Repairing the Ugandan Children's Hearts

Our colleague, Dr. Craig Sable from Children's National Medical Center, has screened hundreds of children in the previous years. We have identified 17 patients for consideration for surgical repair, although we only have space for 10 operations on this mission. The cardiac lesions we will be repairing this year are ASD (atrial septal defect), a hole in the upper chambers of the heart, and VSD (ventricular septal defect), a hole in the lower chambers of the heart).

1 Mary N
2 Peter K
3 Oliver N
4 Asasire M
5 Joachum D
6 Atwib S
7 Anna Grace
8 Jovita K
9 Regan T
10 Hellen B

With Alternates:
A1 Joan O
A2 Faith K
A3 Fahad M
A4 Matovu Hussein
A5 Ethan K
A6 Jesse W
A7 Pheona A

Final determination will be made at the time of our last preoperative evaluation on Monday and Tuesday September 28-29.

A prayer card has been created by Samaritan's Purse (attached) for those interested in praying for the successful repair of these children's heart defects and our team's safety.

1 comment:

Caroline said...

Thank you so much for the Good work you are doing, making life long for the little children.

I am a mother of an 11 year old boy who happens to have heart defects. It is my prayer that you help make his life and of the family better.

I will be very grateful when you get back to me for details. My contact is Agaro Caroline +256782420917 agaroline@yahoo.com, agaroline@gmail.com. Kampala Uganda.
God bless your works.