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.
Sunday, April 24, 2011
We all arrived home safely on Saturday night at 8pm, greeted by all our loved ones we left behind for the past 2 weeks. We have so many stories to share, many of contradictions. Life and death; health and sickness; new and old friends; hope and despair; accomplishing so much and doing so little; beauty and ugliness; exotic scents and disgusting smells; and the list goes on.... Once again our team was spectacular in all of our endeavours: healing, caring, teaching, empathizing, and being FLEXIBLE (like Gumby)! We have all been transformed in our individual and collective ways...Thanks to all for your love and support..