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Ethnomedicinal plants used for malaria treatment in Rukungiri District, Western Uganda



Malaria remains a major global health challenge and a serious cause of morbidity and mortality in sub-Saharan Africa. In Uganda, limited access to medical facilities has perpetuated the reliance of indigenous communities on herbal medicine for the prevention and management of malaria. This study was undertaken to document ethnobotanical knowledge on medicinal plants prescribed for managing malaria in Rukungiri District, a meso-endemic malaria region of Western Uganda.


An ethnobotanical survey was carried out between May 2022 and December 2022 in Bwambara Sub-County, Rukungiri District, Western Uganda using semi-structured questionnaire. A total of 125 respondents (81 females and 44 males) were randomly selected and seven (7) key informants were engaged in open interviews. In all cases, awareness of herbalists on malaria, treatment-seeking behaviour and herbal treatment practices were obtained. The ethnobotanical data were analyzed using descriptive statistics, informant consensus factor and preference ranking.


The study identified 48 medicinal plants belonging to 47 genera and 23 families used in the treatment of malaria and its symptoms in the study area. The most frequently cited species were Vernonia amygdalina, Aloe vera and Azadirachta indica. Leaves (74%) was the most used plant organ, mostly for preparation of decoctions (41.8%) and infusions (23.6%) which are administered orally (89.6%) or used for bathing (10.4%).


Indigenous knowledge of medicinal plants used as prophylaxis and for treatment of malaria still exist among the local communities of Bwambara Sub-County. However, there is a need to investigate the antimalarial efficacy, phytochemical composition and safety of species (such as Digitaria abyssinica and Berkheya barbata) with high percentage use values to validate their use.


Malaria has afflicted humanity for millennia [1]. It is one of the most fatal, preventable and curable parasitic diseases globally, with about 619,000 deaths and 247 million new cases reported in 2021 [2]. In the WHO African Region, 593,000 malaria deaths were reported in 2021 [2]. Recent estimates indicate that almost half of the global population live in 82 malaria-endemic countries [3]. The majority of malaria deaths are common in the tropical and subtropical regions, particularly Central, Western and East Africa, where there is limited healthcare and/or vector (female Anopheles mosquito) control [4].

According to World Malaria Report 2022 [2], about 96% of the global malaria-related deaths were reported in 29 countries. Uganda has one of the highest recorded malaria transmission rates on the African continent, with over 90% of the population at risk [5]. Malaria has also remained the major cause of morbidity and mortality in Uganda, as evidenced by 30–50% of outpatient visits and 15–20% of hospital admissions. The average economic loss in Uganda due to malaria is more than US$ 500 million per year [6]. In 2021, the World Health Organization (WHO) estimated that there were 12.4 million malaria cases and over 31,350 malaria deaths in Uganda [2]. In 2022, the Ugandan Ministry of Health indicated that 68 districts recorded malaria upsurge [7]. Rukungiri District recorded 196,070 malaria cases and some deaths between 25th April and 1st May 2022, where Bwambara Sub-County (the focal area of this study) accounted for all the malaria deaths within the whole district [7]. This could be due to the poor public healthcare system in the Sub-County [8].

Inefficient malaria treatment has promoted antimalarial drug resistance and this has been cited to be of considerable concern in East Africa [2]. In Uganda, artemisinin resistance by Plasmodium falciparum was identified, where two pathogenic mutations were found in more than 15% of the collected samples [9]. The WHO calls for response to the emergence of antimalarial drug resistance by ensuring that efficacious treatments remain available. This calls for alternative interventions for malaria treatment which include use and exploration of medicinal plants [2].

Medicinal plants contain phytochemicals with intriguing biological activities which provide prospects for new drug discoveries [10]. Plants have remained the focus of many studies aiming at discovering antimalarials, because the current conventional antimalarial drugs such as artemisinin and quinine were discovered from Artemisia annua and Cinchona species [11]. In this context, documentation of medicinal plants used in the treatment of malaria constitutes a vital task in the preservation of indigenous knowledge and biodiversity, as well as improvement of malaria treatment interventions amongst communities. It also contributes to bioprospecting, which lays a foundation for further research on the safety and efficacy of medicinal plants, and identification of bioactive compounds that could act as druggable hit molecules for the development of new antimalarial therapies.

Previous studies in Rukungiri District have documented the ethnomedicinal plants used for managing pediatric diseases [12] and "African" diseases [13]. Based on the latter report, we found that indigenous communities of Bwambara Sub-County (Rukungiri District) cherish medicinal plants and knowledge of their utilization, management and conservation. We identified one of the most used species in this study area (Gouania longispicata Engl.) and reported on its antimicrobial activity [14]. Despite the floral biodiversity and rich ethnocultural heritage of Bwambara Sub-County [15] and Rukungiri District as a whole, there is no report on medicinal plants used in malaria prevention and treatment. Coupled with the rapid loss of vegetation and adoption of foreign cultures by the local societies [16], there is a pressing need to record such indigenous knowledge before it is lost forever. Thus, this study documented the ethnobotanical knowledge on medicinal plants that are used for treatment of malaria in Bwambara Sub-County, Rukungiri District, Western Uganda.

Materials and methods

Study area

This study was conducted in Bwambara Sub-County (latitudes: − 0.33778 and − 0.67119, and longitudes: 29.69882 and 29.86939), Rukungiri District, Western Uganda (Fig. 1). The area is dominated by the Bakiga ethnic group, but other ethnic groups such as the Bahororo and Banyabutumbi are also represented. The main occupation is subsistence farming, except in Rwenshama Parish, where fishing is the main economic activity [13]. The major crops grown are coffee, matooke, grapes, pears and peaches, while cattle are majorly kept for milk production [17]. Bwambara Sub-County is bordered by Lake Edward, Queen Elizabeth National Park and Kigezi Game Reserve [18].

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Map of Rukungiri district, Western Uganda showing the location of the study area (Bwambara Sub-County)

The area has forests, forest/savannah mosaic and savannah type of vegetation [19]. It experiences a bimodal rainfall, with a short rainy season from March to May and a long rainy season between September and December. Thus, malaria transmission is perennial with maximum prevalence shortly after the rainy seasons [8, 20] and is, therefore, meso-endemic for malaria with moderate-to-high transmission [21]. The public healthcare system in the Sub-County has four health centres that serve its 79 villages with an estimated population of 28,900 people [8]. Two are Public Health Centre II but only limited to outpatient services. The remaining two are Public Health Centre III facilities, which in addition to outpatient services, offer maternity services, has an inpatient ward and microscopy for diagnosing malaria. However, these health centres have inadequate facilities, are poorly stocked and have few health workers [18]. Majority of the population are unable to access good services at the health centres due to long distances, unavailability of medicine, poverty and neglect by medical staff.

Sample size determination

The calculated sample size (S) was 125 respondents, obtained using the formula suggested by Krejcie and Morgan [22], that is

$$S = X^{2} NP\left( {1 - \, P} \right) \div d^{2} \left( {N - 1} \right) + X^{2} P \, \left( {1 - \, P} \right)$$

where S  is  the required sample size, X2 = the table value of chi-square for 1 degree of freedom at the desired confidence level (3.841), N = the population size, P = the population proportion (assumed to be 0.50, since this would provide the maximum sample size) and d = the degree of accuracy expressed as a proportion (0.05).

Ethnobotanical survey

A cross-sectional survey using semi-structured questionnaires was undertaken between May 2022 and December 2022. With the help of local council representatives, seven specialized herbalists known to treat patients using herbal medicine were purposively sampled and interviewed as key informants. The study was conducted in Rukiga/Runyankole, the commonly used local languages in the area. The questions mainly focused on how informants prevented and diagnosed malaria, and how medicinal plants were prepared and administered for treatment of malaria.

Voucher specimens were prepared for all the collected plant species and deposited at the Department of Biology, Mbarara University of Science and Technology (Uganda), where they were authenticated by a botanist. The scientific plant names were given according to The World Flora Online ( and International Plant Name Index ( The family names of the plant species were cross-checked with the Angiosperm Phylogeny Group (

Data analysis

Numerical data were captured in Microsoft Excel for Windows (Microsoft Corporation, USA) and thereafter exported to SPSS software (v26, SPSS Inc., USA) for analysis. Qualitative data on malaria prevention, ethnobotanical knowledge and respondents’ socio-demographic characteristics were analyzed using descriptive statistics, such as percentages and frequencies.

Quantitative ethnobotanical data were used to calculate frequency of citation (FC) and informant consensus factor (ICF). The FC was used to assess the number of informants who were familiar with usage of a particular medicinal plant to treat malaria. Use report (UR) was recorded whenever any informant mentioned use of a medicinal plant in a particular way. The ICF was used to determine the homogeneity of the collected ethnobotanical data using the formula [23]:

$${\text{ICF}} = \left( {N_{{{\text{ur}}}} {-}N_{{\text{t}}} } \right)/\left( {N_{{{\text{ur}}}} {-} \, 1} \right)$$

where Nur = total number of use reports for each disease category, and Nt = total number of species in each use category. The ICF value ranges from 0 to 1. A high ICF value (close to 1) signifies that a high proportion of informants uses a few plant species to treat a particular disease, and this suggests that the community possesses a well-defined mechanism for exchange of indigenous knowledge. Conversely, low ICF values (close to 0) indicate that many plant species are reported to be used by a high proportion of informants to treat a particular disease, implying that there is lack of information exchange within the community or the medicinal plants are randomly selected [24].


Socio-demographic characteristics

The study involved 125 informants, of which there were 64.8% females and 35.2% males (Table 1). The largest number of respondents were 31–40 years (27.8%). In general, 53.5% were above 40 years, while only 18.5% were ≤ 30 years. The findings revealed that most of the informants had attended primary school (55.6%), while 30.4% did not attain any formal education. The main religion in the area is Anglican (45.6%) and Catholic (31.6%).

Table 1 Socio-demographic characteristics of informants from Bwambara Sub-County, Rukungiri District, Uganda

Approximately 31.6% of the respondents declared a lack of monthly (source of) income, while 27.8% others earned less than 50,000 Uganda shillings (UgX) (US$ 13.07) per month. With the exception of a formally employed primary school teacher who receive monthly salary, the rest got their earnings from harvesting crops. The monthly earnings were got from the sum of the block money earned after selling the harvests at the end seasons divided by 12 months. Therefore, the locals hardly had any income outside harvesting periods. Moreover, most locals carried out subsistence farming, where food is simply grown for consumption. The highest monthly income was UgX 560,000 (US$ 146.33), earned by the primary school teacher.

Source of knowledge of medicinal plants

Majority of the respondents (62%) acquired knowledge on ethnomedicinal plants for malaria treatment from their parents, while 16.5% got knowledge from older family members, usually grandparents (Fig. 2). Traditional healers contributed 5.1% to the transfer of indigenous knowledge. However, a very small portion of the respondents acquired ethnobotanical knowledge through other means, such as spiritual revelations, radio and television programs, and reading ethnobotanical books.

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Source of knowledge on plants used for malaria treatment in Bwambara Sub-County, Rukungiri District, Uganda

Symptoms of malaria and treatment-seeking behaviour of patients

In the study area, malaria is locally known as Omushweija gw’ensiri (Omushweija means fever, ensiri means mosquito). Thus, this is directly translated to mean “fever of mosquitoes”. For this, all informants were aware that malaria is caused by mosquito bites. Some informants reported that drinking unboiled water, exposure to morning dew and rain may cause malaria. Other indirect causes of malaria such as having grown bushes around homesteads, leaving the house doors and windows open in the evening hours and having stagnant water were also cited.

The most important symptoms of malaria were feeling cold (having goosebumps), high body temperature, headache, shivering, vomiting and joint pains (Table 2). It should be noted that all or a combination of the listed symptoms may be present in a malaria patient. Thus, the informants diagnose a certain disease as malaria if the patient presented with at least three of the listed symptoms. The participants were aware that not all patients recover from malaria after taking herbal remedies, which necessitated referral to hospitals. Participants reported that referrals are made basing on severity of the symptoms (i.e., extremely high body temperature and confusion) (Table 3).

Table 2 Malaria symptoms mentioned by respondents in Bwambara, Rukungiri District, Uganda (n = 125)
Table 3 Severe malaria symptoms that warrant hospitalization among indigenous communities in Bwambara Sub-County, Rukungiri District, Western Uganda

Prevention of malaria

All the informants reported that sleeping under treated mosquito net prevents contracting malaria. Other preventive measures included destruction of mosquito breeding areas such aas stagnant waters and elimination of unwanted vegetation within and around homesteads (Fig. 3).

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Measures used for malaria prevention in Bwambara Sub-County, Rukungiri District, Western Uganda

Diversity of ethnomedicinal plants used for malaria treatment

A total of 55 plant species were mentioned to be used for treatment of malaria (Table 4). However, only 48 of the voucher specimens collected were taxonomically identified. The other seven species could not be found within the study area during field visits, and only their local names were recorded (Table 4). The identified species belonged to 47 genera and 23 families. Most plant species belonged to family Asteraceae (22.9%), Fabaceae (10.4%), Lamiaceae (8.3%) and Poaceae (8.3%). The calculated ICF value for malaria was 0.81. Of the medicinal plants reported for malaria treatment, a paired comparison indicates that the highest rank was given for Vernonia amygdalina (FC = 76; UV = 0.608), followed by Aloe vera (FC = 35; UV = 0.28) and then Azadirachta indica (FC = 15; UV = 0.12).

Table 4 Medicinal plants used in the management of malaria in Bwambara Subcounty, Rukungiri District, Uganda

Life forms, plant parts, preparation and administration of herbal remedies for malaria treatment

The identified plant species consisted of mainly shrubs (31.3%), trees (27.1%) and herbs (25.0%) (Fig. 4; Additional file 1). On the other hand, the most used plant organs were leaves (74%), followed by stem bark (9%) and root bark (8%) (Fig. 5). Most of the plants were used in combination with each other (65.5%). All the plant materials were used immediately after collection (while still fresh). Only the stem bark of Warburgia ugandensis and leaves of Azadirachta indica were reported to be used either when fresh or in powder form.

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Life forms of medicinal plants used in the management of malaria in Bwambara Sub-County, Rukungiri District, Western Uganda

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Plant parts used in preparation of remedies for malaria treatment in Bwambara Sub-County, Rukungiri District, Western Uganda

The most common preparation methods were decoctions (41.8%) and cold infusion (23.6%) (Additional file 1). Other methods included bathing (3.6%) and steaming (3.6%). Some herbalists cited continuous use of some medicinal plants such as Azadirachta indica as tea or in tea as a prophylaxis for malaria.


This study showed that most of the respondents were females (Table 1). This observation is contrary to a recent report by Tabuti et al. [24] in Eastern Uganda. Previous studies in Uganda have indicated higher participation of females than males in ethnobotanical surveys, since they are the ones who take healthcare needs of their families [25]. Moreover, more females could have participated because of their indigenous knowledge of nutri-medicinal plants as home managers and disease managers amongst children [26, 27]. Most respondents were the Bakiga, because they were the first group of Bantu ethnic group to migrate into this area as early as the 1950s, where the original inhabitants were the minority Banyabutumbi [28]. There were low-income levels among the respondents indicating that most of them depended on subsistence farming. This is typical in Uganda, and may also explain their preference of medicinal plants over conventional antimalarial drugs.

Regarding medicinal plant knowledge dynamics, most respondents hinted that they inherited the indigenous knowledge about medicinal plants for malaria treatment from their parents or grandparents (Fig. 2). This is not surprising, because African traditional medicine recipes are usually a guarded family secret, so that they are only passed orally to children from parents or through apprenticeships from relatives [16]. It was interesting to note that traditional healers contributed 5.1% to the transfer of indigenous knowledge (Fig. 2). This may be attributed to the cultural acceptability and strong belief in herbal medicines which has driven commercialization of herbal products. Therefore, the impetus behind acquiring herbal medicine knowledge observed in this study may be related to the need to establish a source of income through sale of herbal products [29]. Absence of a respondent who had acquired folk knowledge through formal training is because herbal medicine training centres are rare in Uganda.

The indigenous communities surveyed were well-informed that malaria is caused by mosquito bites, though some believed that taking unboiled water, exposure to morning dew as well as rain are other potential causes. Other indirect causes of malaria such as having grown bushes around homesteads, leaving the house doors and windows open in the evening hours and having stagnant water were also cited. A previous study in Uganda by Adia et al. [25] reported that 96% of the respondents understood that malaria was caused by infected mosquito bites. In similar study in Zimbabwe, all respondents recognized mosquito bites as the main cause of malaria [30] but traditional healers still held it that exposure to morning dew and drinking water from unprotected wells caused malaria. In Kenya, it was cited that malaria is believed to be a direct cause of mosquito bites, exposure to cold weather [31] or consumption of fresh unboiled milk (Cheko che makiyo in the Tugen dialect), dirty water, ikwek (i.e., vegetables, such as Gynadropis gynadra and Solanum nigrum) [32], witchcraft (sorcery attacks) and supernatural forces [33, 34]. In Eastern Uganda, some people believe that keeping a dirty homestead with dense bushes or pools of stagnant water caused malaria [35]. Though bushes and stagnant water may not be the direct causes of malaria, they are breeding sites for mosquitoes which transmit malaria. In this case, some communities would close windows and doors in the evening to guard against mosquito bites [35].

The most important symptoms of malaria were feeling cold/goosebumps, high body temperature, headache, shivering, vomiting and joint pains. These findings are consistent with Stangeland et al. [36] who reported high body temperature, shivering and headache as the most frequent symptoms of malaria in Nyakayojo Sub-County, Western Uganda. Another study in Central Uganda mentioned high body temperature, red eyes and vomiting as the most common malaria symptoms [25]. In the malaria-endemic Eastern Uganda, fever was mentioned as the major malaria symptom, along with vomiting, body weakness, headache, diarrhea, convulsions, inappetence and body chills [24]. Outside Uganda, malaria has been associated with periodic fever, sweating, backache, chills, headache, vomiting, diarrhea and joint pains [37, 38], coldness, goose pimples and headaches [30], which aligns well with our findings.

As indicated by the herbalists, some severe malaria symptoms such as very high body temperatures and confusion (probably due to cerebral malaria) were indicative that the patient needed to be referred for further treatment using conventional medicine (Table 3). This suggests that most people seek for conventional medical treatment when malaria is in severe stages. The listed symptoms relate with those of cerebral malaria, which may signify its prevalence in the study area. A study by Stangeland et al. [36] in Western Uganda found that hospital referrals were being recommended only in cases, where herbal remedies did not relieve malaria symptoms within 2–3 days of treatment or if the patient presented severe symptoms. The current findings agree with previous studies among traditional healers which reported few hospital referrals in exceptional cases when patients showed severe malaria symptoms or herbal remedies failed completely [24, 30, 37]. In a study by Ngarivhume et al. [30], lack of a patient’s improvement was attributed to evil spirits, where the patient needed cleansing/placating the spirits and then repeat or be given a different prescription thereafter. Such practices have been cited in Kenya, where malaria which is thought to be caused by supernatural forces required the intervention of diviners (such as Oloiboni among the Maasai and Orgoiyon among the Tugen) [33]. Such practices and beliefs, coupled with improper diagnosis and wrong choice of appropriate herbal remedies may result in death. This requires sensitization of the population about proper diagnosis of malaria and the dangers associated with late treatment.

All the informants reported that sleeping under treated mosquito net prevents contracting malaria (Fig. 3). This could be because since November 2018, Uganda as part of the eleven (high burden to high impact) countries distributed insecticide-treated mosquito nets (ITN) across the country [39]. This countrywide campaign could be the reason as to why each informant knew about ITN. Other preventive measures included the destruction of mosquito breeding areas, such as stagnant waters, and the reduction of unwanted vegetation within and around the homesteads. In Uganda, Tabuti [35] and Adia et al. [25] reported similar preventive measures used to guard against malaria. These findings are comparable to that in Zimbabwe where the use of ITN, destruction of mosquito breeding and resting areas, and reduction of unwanted undergrowth and puddles within and around homesteads, avoiding dew and residual spraying as malaria preventive measures are used to prevent malaria [30].

We identified 48 species, out of the 55 species mentioned by the respondents. The other species which could not be found during the field visits suggest that some plants are rare in the study area, or may have become extinct due to over exploitation or habitat destruction [18]. These raises need for instituting conservation measures. The identified plant species were majorly members of family Asteraceae, Fabaceae, Lamiaceae and Poaceae, which is in agreement with studies in Uganda [24, 25, 36, 40] and elsewhere [37, 41]. The prevalence of these families may be attributed to the frequent distribution in the area, diverse habitat, availability and presence of diverse secondary metabolites which increase the effectiveness of herbal remedies from them [42].

Of the 48 plants mentioned by herbalists, most species were listed for use in the management of malaria in Uganda and other countries. For instance, Carica papaya, Albizia coriaria, Warburgia ugandensis, Azadirachta indica, Aloe vera and Vernonia amygdalina in Uganda [24, 25, 40, 43,44,45], Zimbabwe [30], Kenya [38], Cameroon [46], Indonesia [47] and Ethiopia [48]. The calculated ICF for malaria was 0.81, implying that there is substantial agreement amongst the local population about the medicinal plants used in malaria treatment.

Leaves of shrubs, trees and herbs are the commonly used parts for preparing malaria remedies, corroborating some ethnobotanical reports in other parts the country [24, 25, 35, 36]. This could translate into a more sustainable use of the plants, as compared to roots. Leaves regenerate under favorable conditions to preserve the occurrence of the plants but their high use frequency in this study may plausibly be related to their year-round availability [49]. The observed use of different plants or plant parts could be to exploit their synergistic therapeutic effects [36, 50, 51], mask toxicity of efficacious plants or as a trick of keeping the secrecy of herbal formulae [52].

Oral administration (89.6%) was the major route used, but use of prepared decoctions for bathing was also practiced (10.4%). This is expected, because oral dosage forms are easy to prepare and administer, especially because malaria is an internal disease [38, 53]. One striking feature was that posology of the remedies were based on cups or glasses, a phenomenon that has been cited among herbalists throughout the East African botanical plate [24, 38, 40].

An in-depth search of literature indicated that 22 species recorded in this ethnobotanical study have been evaluated for their antimalarial/antiplasmodial activities (Table 5). Most species possess acceptable preclinical efficacy and safety, with the exception of Vernonia amygdalina [54] and Senna Didymobotrya [55] which showed high toxicity. It is worth noting that Azadirachta indica and Vernonia amygdalina has been subjected to clinical trials. A homeopathic Azadirachta indica preparation was shown to be effective for reducing malaria attacks in a highly endemic area for Plasmodium falciparum [56]. Similarly, Challand and Willcox [57] performed a clinical trial utilizing a remedy of Vernonia amygdalina leaves for the treatment of uncomplicated malaria. They found that there was an adequate clinical response at day 14 in 67% of cases. Total parasite clearance was observed only in 32% of those with adequate clinical response, where recrudescence occurred in 71% and this hampers complete remission of the parasite from the body [57]. In conclusion, these reports support that the inventoried medicinal plants possess antimalarial properties which can be further investigated for development of new antimalarial drug candidates. Specifically, clinical trials should be done on some of the species that have exhibited promising antimalarial efficacy. However, these maybe impeded by the strict regulatory requirements for clinical studies, as well as the financial muscle required [38]. In addition, formulations rich in known bioactive compounds from these species should be specifically targeted.

Table 5 Antiplasmodial, antimalarial and toxicity studies of extracts and compounds isolated from plants reported in malaria phytotherapy of Bwambara Sub-County, Rukungiri District, Western Uganda


The local communities in Bwambara sub-county of Rukungiri District possess rich and diverse indigenous knowledge of plant-based medicine used to manage malaria. This could indicate high malaria cases, and/or accessibility, availability and potency of herbal remedies. More than 30% of the plants recorded in this study have been reported elsewhere for treatment of malaria and have experimentally recorded antimalarial and antiplasmodial activities. No study has reported any pharmacological properties, safety and efficacy of Digitaria abyssinica and Berkheya barbata. There is need to validate the toxicity and efficacy of other unstudied species to foster the discovery of efficacious, safe and effective standardized antimalarial drugs.

Availability of data and materials

The raw data supporting the conclusions of this study are available within this article and its supplementary files.





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The authors acknowledge the local communities and key informants for sharing this valuable indigenous knowledge. Miss Racheal Akatuhebwa is highly appreciated for proofreading this work.


This research was supported by the Faculty of Science, Mbarara University of Science and Technology, Mbarara, Uganda (No. PF/Conf-2022/1).

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Gumisiriza, H., Olet, E.A., Mukasa, P. et al. Ethnomedicinal plants used for malaria treatment in Rukungiri District, Western Uganda. Trop Med Health 51, 49 (2023).

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