Florence Baingana

Dr Florence Baingana graduated with an MB ChB in 1983, an MMed (Psychiatry) in 1990 and an MSc Health Policy, Planning and Financing in 2010. She has worked for over ten years in mental health policy and planning. She worked for four years as the National Mental Health Coordinator with the Ministry of Health of Uganda (1996-2000), where she established the Mental Health Unit in the Ministry, developed standards and guidelines for mental health care and got mental health included as a component of the Uganda Minimum Health Care Package in the Health Policy and the Health Sector Strategic Plan. In 2000, Dr Baingana joined the World Bank in Washington DC, seconded by the Mac Arthur Foundation, US Center for Mental Health Services and National Institute of Mental Health. In 2007, following her stint at the World Bank, Dr. Baingana returned to Uganda and worked as a Research Fellow with Makerere University School of Public Health. In 2009/2010, Dr Baingana undertook an MSc Health Policy, Planning and Financing at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and the London School of Economics and Political Science, as part of a Wellcome Trust Fellowship 2009-2012. Presently, Dr Baingana is Research Fellow with Makerere University School of Public Health. Dr Baingana evaluated the TPO-Uganda/Ministry of Health Northern Uganda Mental Health programme (September/October 2010), The Basic Needs UK in Uganda Mental Health and Development project (November/December 2010) and the UNHCR supported HealthNet TPO mental health programmes for refugee populations in Rwanda, Burundi and Tanzania (November/December 2011). Dr Baingana is a member of the Finance Committee of the World Psychiatric Association, is a Member of the Advisory Committee of the Children and War Foundation, Board Chair TPO-Uganda, is an Editor for Interventions and has been recently appointed and is Chairperson of the Consortium Advisory Group of the DFID funded PRIME project (2011-16). Dr Baingana is Chairperson of the Association of Psychiatrists of Uganda. Dr Baingana has a number of publications to her name. Her major interest areas are evaluation of mental health programmes, and how to strengthen and finance mental health programs in low income countries.