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Alice Nabatanzi

RISE Degree 

MSc in Natural Products Technology from Makerere University, January 2014

PhD in Botany from Makerere University, February 2017

RISE Network(s) 
Nationality 
Ugandan
Current Position 

RISE-AFNNET PhD Student at Makerere University

Research 

PhD research focuses on malnutrition in children five years and younger and the capacity for wild food plants (WFP) to fight malnutrition.

Research subtopics:

  • the wild food plants (WFPs) consumed by the people of Najjembe sub-county
  • the nutritive composition of the 5 prioritized WFPs
  • the effects of processing and handling methods on nutrients in the prioritized WFPs
  • the general phytochemical and safety profiles of the prioritized WFPs
  • the bioavailability of the nutrients in the analysed WFPs

Alice is particularly interested in malnutrition in children under 5 because it is a serious problem in Uganda, and in the world at large.

Main emphasis will be on iron deficiency (anaemia) because according to the Uganda Demographic Health Survey Report of 2011, the major micronutrient deficiencies suffered by children under 5 are Vitamin A deficiency and anaemia. Since UNICEF has tried to curb down Vitamin A deficiency by providing Vitamin A supplements to young children, Alice is focusing on iron deficiency.

Graduation Date 
February 2017