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.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Thursday update

Hello all, we are still with very limited (and slow) email access. Hopefully this will improve today. The team finished in the OR at 8:30 pm last night and we had a pizza party to relax. The infirm members of the team are getting better each day, hopefully to return back to work in the next 24-48 hrs. Sleep is improving, though still erratic. Luckily the Ugandan coffee is STRONG.

The four patients done so far are doing extremely well. Two will transfer to step down status today. Two more patients to OR today with the first case having just gone back. The teams are working well together. The knowledge transfer continues. We are expecting a VIP tomorrow

More later.


Lyn said...

So good to keep up with you all..thanks for sending the info.

Thinking of you!

Anonymous said...

Well...so sorry to hear some of you were infirmed...not a pleasent place to be sick. I'm just hanging some TPN and thinking of y'all. Strong work on your successful surgeries. Can't wait for more updates. Blessings, Sandi

help said...

Keith : Hope all is well with you and the team. GREAT work again and again.