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Economic, Social and Political SciencesPostgraduate study

Ms Patricia Ndugga Bsc Population Studies (Makerere University); Msc Population and Reproductive health (Makerere University); Msc Public Health (Lund University)

Postgraduate Research Student

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Ms Patricia Ndugga is Postgraduate Researcher within Social Statistics & Demography division at the University of Southampton.

She began her career as a researcher for World Vision, Uganda. Following this, she joined Makerere University, Department of Population studies where she has been involved in teaching demography courses. She has been involved in a number of research projects and has trained in a variety of research methods and ethics procedures. She was part of the team that collated information to feed into the Partnership for Maternal, New-born and Child Health ( PMNCH) 2012 annual report on the progress for women and children’s health. She was involved in a study funded by UNFPA on “Stalling Fertility in Uganda” in an attempt to explore the pertinent issues underlying the rapidly changing patterns of Uganda’s Population. She was a research assistant on a study documenting “Family Planning – HIV Integration models in Uganda.” This was a collaborative study with Family Health International (FHI), USA. She is a 2012 Demographic Health Survey (DHS) Fellow of the MEASURE DHS Program funded by USAID. This fellowship was an opportunity that strengthened her skills in conducting research with DHS datasets, integrating DHS data in teaching materials and building the capacity for using DHS data within her Department.

Patricia obtained her MSc in Public Health from Lund University, Sweden (2009-2011) and another Msc. Population and Reproductive Health from Makerere University, Uganda. She holds a BSc. in Population Studies from Makerere University.

Research interests

Patricia’s research interests include maternal and child health, fertility, family planning and barriers to access in developing countries.

“my research focusing on postpartum women drives my passion for understanding drivers of unintended pregnancies among understudied groups in developing countries. “

PhD Research topic: “Assessment of Fertility Intentions among Postpartum Women in Uganda.”

More than half of all pregnancies in Uganda either come too soon or are unwanted. These pregnancies can be prevented with increased access to effective family planning. In Uganda, women prefer a relatively big family (4.8 children) which is slightly lower than the Total Fertility Rate (6.2). This is clear evidence of unwanted fertility. A reduction of such a gap by understanding the factors behind postpartum women’s fertility intentions is considered key in reducing Uganda’s fertility rate. Such information is useful in assessing future fertility patterns and the potential demand for contraception among this understudied sub group. Study findings will update existing knowledge and inform policy makers and programs to promote their efforts for provision of safer and healthier reproductive options during this critical phase of women and children’s lives.


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Wandera, S. O., Kwagala, B., Ndugga, P., & Kabagenyi, A. (2015). Partners’ controlling behaviors and intimate partner sexual violence among married women in Uganda. BMC Public Health, 15, 214.

Asiimwe JB, Ndugga P, Mushomi J, Manyenye Ntozi JP. Factors associated with modern contraceptive use among young and older women in Uganda; a comparative analysis. BMC Public Health 2014;14(1):926. doi:10.1186/1471-2458-14-926.

Kabagenyi A, Ndugga P, Wandera SO, Kwagala B. Modern contraceptive use among sexually active men in Uganda: does discussion with a health worker matter? BMC Public Health 2014;14:286. doi:10.1186/1471-2458-14-286.

Kwagala B, Wandera SO, Ndugga P, Kabagenyi A. Empowerment, partner’s behaviours and intimate partner physical violence among married women in Uganda. BMC Public Health 2013;13:1112. doi:10.1186/1471-2458-13-1112.

Kibira, Simon P.S.; Ndugga, Patricia; Nansubuga, Elizabeth; Sewannonda, Andrew & Kwagala, Betty. Contraceptive Uptake Among Married Women in Uganda: Does Empowerment Matter? African Population Studies, Vol. 28, No. 2s, 2014, pp. 968-977

Ms Patricia Ndugga
Social Statistics & Demography, Social Sciences
University of Southampton
SO17 1BJ
United Kingdom

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