Name: Dr. Catherine Kaluwa Kaingu

Phone No: +254 721 632622

Email: catekaluwa@yahoo.co.uk; ckaluwa@uonbi.ac.ke

Research Topic:

Evaluation of anti fertility properties of selected medicinal plants traditionally used in tana river county, kenya.

Future Plans:

Once the anti fertility properties of selected plants has been evaluated; I would like to pursue and establish the possible mechanisms of action for the contraceptive effect through a post doctorate degree in the near future.


I will also teach and mentor other scholars at the University of Nairobi

Supervisors (Name And Email Address)

Dr. Jemimah Oduma, PhD            odumaja@yahoo.com

Dr. James Mbaria, PhD                 james.mbaria@uonbi.ac.ke

Prof. Stephen G. Kiama                kiama123@yahoo.com



Kaingu C.K, JA Oduma, JM Mbaria, Kiama SG, (2013).Ethnobotanical survey of Medicinal plants used for the management of male sexual dysfunction and infertility in Tana River County, Kenya.Journal of Ethnobiology and Traditional Medicine. Photon 119 (2013) 453-463.

Kaingu C.K, Kiama SG, JA Oduma, JM Mbaria, (2013). Medicinal plants traditionally used for the management of female reproductive health dysfunction in Tana River County, Kenya. Tang international Journal of Genuine Traditional Medicine Volume 3 / Issue 2, 35-44.

Kaingu et al., 2011.Practices of Traditional Birth Attendants in Machakos District, Kenya. Journal of Ethnopharmacology. 137: 495-502.

Kaluwa Kaingu, C., et al., 2012.Preliminary investigation of contractile activity of Ricinus communis and Euclea divinorum extracts on isolated rabbit uterine strips. Journal of Ethnopharmacology (2012). http :// dx. doi. org /10.1016/j.jep.2012.05.026

Ethno therapeutic management of reproductive health illnesses in Tana River County, Kenya.

(PhD proposal project funded by RISE-AFFNET).



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