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.
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
We continue to advanced the abilities of Team Uganda towards independence and skill in increasingly more complex surgeries. The goal is long-term sustainability of the pediatric congenital heart surgery program so they can successfully and expertly correct the wide variety of cardiac defects found in the children of this country.
We depart from Kampala today leaving behind unforgettable memories of new and old friends and colleagues. Most importantly, though we sent home from the Mulago Hospital ten children who now look at their lives with hope, excitement, and new-found energy to face the rigors of childhood, school, and life in this developing country.