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, October 2, 2009

An update from the "pearl of Africa"

The broken anesthesia machine is now FIXED (at midnight). THANKS, Elizabeth!

Wonderfully six children have been healed. They are recovering and their families are glad. This has not been without challenge. Twenty-four hours a day the team is caring for the children. Twelve hours a day someone is fixing the equipment- and that would be me. The equipment at the Ugandan Heart Institute is quality equipment but has not been without problems. Some functions have needed to be enabled on the devices. Those are the easy problems. Some problems have been typical electronic problems like reseating cables and connectors. Others have been more serious and parts have been replaced by scavenging from defective machines. Yesterday a part was needed to repair a machine. I asked Melad the technician here to call the equipment's service representative here to request the part to be delivered overnight... as if. Unfortunately access to parts are not readily available and other options had to be explored and delivered. The equipment here is supporting great work and great people. My hope and prayer is that it continues.

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