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, April 14, 2011

There are so many less priviledged and less fortunate in this world

It is Thursday afternoon and we have been here since Sunday.  Monday was an "unpack", set up and scope out the environment day.  Since Tuesday - we have been working hard - very hard.  There is soo much need and soo much poverty here.  The kids and families of need for SIMPLE support such as basic nutrition and clean water, BASIC medical attention, (never mind more advanced care) is ENDLESS.  It is a seemingly unending ocean of need.  There is soo much potential for help and making a difference.  These kids and families have sooo little - basically they have nothing - yet there are NO complaints and just HOPING, dark brown eyes from a desperate baby with its mom in despair.  My heart goes out to them and my soul weeps.  I do so little while I want to do so much more.

I count my lucky stars and my "blessings" - I am so fortunate.  If we could just have more support to do more.  If I could just find a way to be more committed to this / be more giving / be more creative with the little resources available, I could contribute more.

We have an awesome team.  I remain silent and in awe as I watch us all TRY and make a difference here.

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