Acting Director General of Rwanda Food and Drugs Authority (Rwanda FDA)
Dr. Charles KARANGWA

Dr. Charles KARANGWA is the Acting Director General of Rwanda Food and Drugs Authority (Rwanda FDA) by cabinet decision of July 11, 2008. Before his nomination, Dr. Charles KARANGWA was a Senior Lecturer of Toxicology in General Medicine and Pharmacy at the University of Rwanda. He has experience nationally and internationally on various topics including analysis using updated equipment (HPLC-DAD, GC, etc.), Project management issues. He co-supervised a PhD thesis in clinical Toxicology entitled: « Therapeutic drug monitoring and screening for psychotropic poisoning in Rwanda» (ULg-CHU Liege ½-NUR/LADAMET ½). Completed on June 11, 2016

Dr. Charles KARANGWA is the Founder and Co-promoter of the University Laboratory of Analysis of Foodstuffs, Medicines, Water and Toxicants (LADAMET). Nowadays, this laboratory is becoming a dynamic problem solver and a visionary executive with the unique ability to lead enterprises, government and other private/public sector entities to achieve their goals as well as to garner critical attention for the work being done in domain of medicines, foods, toxicants, as well as water for distribution, irrigation, drinking and waste water Furthermore, he has leading a team of scientists and consultants to create a baseline of data bank on water quality and assessment of the minimum ecological water flow in Land Husbandry Water Harvesting and Hillsides irrigation (LWH) Project/MINAGRI- Rwanda from June 2011, 2012 & 2013-2014; the team monitoring the quality of antimalarial drugs on Rwanda market; involved in evaluation of the Dynamics of cholera outbreaks on Bank of Lake Kivu; and RBC’s typhoid outbreaks study in northern of Rwanda, 2017,

Research Interests:

Dr. Charles Karangwa’ areas of interest include assessment of human exposure to chemicals, and more especially chemical and biological toxicants’ (drugs, Persistent organic Pollutants in environment and Food contaminants)

Publications:
  • Innocent Hahirwa, Corinne Charlier, Charles Karangwa, 2018. TDM of Psychotropic Drugs in Rwanda: Therapeutic Drug Monitoring and Detection of Intoxications for Psychotropic Drugs used in Rwanda (PhD thesis). Lambert Academic Publishing. ISBN 978-613-7-32066-2.
  • Claude Bayingana, Jean Kalibushi, Charles Karangwa and Julien Gashegu. The Use of Benzoyl-Dl-Arginine-Naphthylamide (Bana) Test as a Screening Test for Mother at Risk for Delivery of Pre-Term and Low Birth Weight in a Rwandan Population. Int.J.Curr.Microbiol.App.Sci (2017) 6(6): xx-xx
  • Hahirwa I, Charlier C, Karangwa C, Denooz R (2017). Transfer of High Performance Liquid Chromatography with Diode Array Detection Method for Determination in Serum of Psychotropic drug. Rwanda Journal Series F: Medicine and Health Sciences Vol 4 No.1, 2017
  • Kizito Nishimwe, Immaculate WANJUKI, Robert NGENO, Charles KARANGWA, Darnell ROSS, Jagger (2017.) HARVEY. An initial characterization of aflatoxin B1 maize sold in the principal retail markets of Kigali, Rwanda. Food Control Journal. Volume 73, Part B, March 2017, Pages 574-580
  • Hahirwa I, Charlier C, Karangwa C, Denooz R, 2015, Determination of blood concentration levels of psychotropic medications in Rwandan patients. Journal of " Acta Clinica Belgica ". 2015 Dec; 70(6):425-31.
  • Hahirwa I, Charlier C, Denooz R, Karangwa C, 2015, Validation of analytical method for the determination in serum of psychotropic drugs commonly prescribed in Rwanda by HPLC-DAD". Rwanda Journal Series F: Medicine and Health Sciences Vol. 2 No. 1, 2015
  • Hahirwa I, Charlier C, Denooz R, Karangwa C, 2013. Validation of analytical method for the determination in serum of psychotropic drugs commonly prescribed in Rwanda by HPLC-DAD, Short communication. Acta Clinica Belgica, 2013; 68-6.
  • Esters V., Karangwa C et al. 2013. Unusual Amino Acids and Mono-fluroacetate from Dichapetalum michelisonii (Umutambasha), a toxic plant from Rwanda. Planta Med; 79 (5):1-4.
  • Karangwa C. et al., 2010. Erratum to «Characterization of the neurotoxicity induced by the extract of Magnistipula butayei (Chrysobalanaceae) in rat: effects of a new natural convulsive agent» published in Toxicon 49 (8), (2007), 1109–1119 Toxicon, Volume 55, Issues 2-3, Page 675.
  • Karangwa C. et al., 2009. Erratum to “Chemical and biological investigations of a toxic plant from Central Africa, Magnistipula butayei subsp. montana”, J. Ethnopharmacol. 103 (2006) 433–438, Journal of Ethnopharmacology, Volume 125, Issue 3, Page 502.
  • Karangwa C. et al., 2007. Characterization of the neurotoxicity induced by the extract of Magnistipula butayei (Chrysobalanaceae) in rat: Effects of a new natural convulsive agent. Toxicon Volume 49, Issue 8, Pages 1109-1119.
  • Karangwa C. et al., 2006. Chemical and biological investigations of a toxic plant from Central Africa, Magnistipula butayei subsp. montana. “Journal of Ethnopharmacology, Volume 103, Issue 3, Pages 433-438.

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