Rhona K. Baingana

Post. Diploma (Netherlands),BSc (Southampton),MSc (London)


Department of Biochemistry & Sports Science, College of Natural Sciences,

Makerere University, P.o.Box 7062 kampala
Tel: +256 414 530555
Mob: +256 776 405 152
Email: rbaingana@gmail.com

Research Interest/Specialization: Micronutrient status/assessment, particularly iron and vitamin A:

  • Helicobacter pylori infection in pregnancy: influence on the pregnancy anemia intervention strategy in Uganda. PhD Research, on-going. Supported by Innovations At Makerere Committee and Nutricia Research Foundation.
  • Analysis of serum ferritin, α-1 acid glycoprotein and C-reactive protein for Evaluation of the impact of introducing Beta-Carotene-Rich Orange Fleshed Sweet Potato (OFSP) varieties on micronutrient status of women and children in Kumi, Kamuli, and Nakasongola Districts, Uganda. (HarvestPlus)
  • Biochemical markers of nutritional status in the Uganda Demographic and Health Survey, 2006: retinol binding protein by EIA on DBS (2006); c-reactive protein and soluble transferrin receptors in DBS (2008)

Stable isotope methods

  • Applying stable isotope techniques to monitor and improve infant and young child nutrition interventions in AFRA countries. IAEA Project No. RAF/6/039
  • Evaluation of nutrition interventions for people living with HIV/AIDS: This is a regional project supported by the IAEA. In Uganda, we evaluated the effect of the food supplement provided by WFP and distributed to (adult) clients of The AIDS Support Organisation (TASO) on their body composition, assessed using total body water (deuterium oxide) and conventional anthropometry. Data collection completed
  • Influence of Helicobacter pylori infection during pregnancy on maternal body composition. Supported by the IAEA. Recruitment will start early 2009.


  • Makerere health professions undergraduate students’ perceptions of and experiences with professionalism (2009).