UNC Project - Uganda
Country of Operation
- Amal Murarka International Pediatric Health FoundationNot-for-profit
- Institute for Global Health and Infectious DiseasesNot-for-profit
SummaryThis program consists of a collaboration between the School of Medicine at Makerere University in Uganda and the University of North Carolina. The collaboration between the two entities aims to foster communication and eLearning.
UNC Project-Uganda aims to incorporate telemedicine and distance learning to improve the health of the Ugandan people by improving the education and training of Uganda physicians and healthcare providers.
Key program components
The UNC Project-Uganda organizes missions to Kampala, Uganda to provide corrective surgery to children with congenital heart defects at Mulago Hospital, and the team also normally offers additional training to Ugandan health care workers to enable them to perform the procedures themselves. To establish a more permanent link between these entities, a telemedicine connection has been established. The ability to observe procedures via videoconferencing will provide ongoing learning opportunities for health care workers in Uganda and help to ensure UNC Project−Uganda’s sustainability.
The Amal Murarka International Pediatric Health Foundation was founded in 2004 in honor of Dr. Amal Murarka, a faculty physician at UNC who had worked in Uganda. Through the foundation, a team of UNC clinicians established Uganda’s first pediatric intensive care unit at Mulago Hospital and went on to focus on pediatric cardiac surgery. At the end of 2008, the team formed a partnership with the UNC Institute for Global Health & Infectious Diseases to formally recognize these efforts and establish the UNC Project-Uganda whose mission is to support sustainable delivery of compassionate and competent health care to infants, children, and adolescents in Uganda and to improve the medical knowledge of the Ugandan health care workforce.