Dr Baingana has combined Masters level training in psychiatry, and health policy, planning and financing. Dr Baingana combines this with over ten years of mental health policy and planning work, beginning in the Ministry of Health of Uganda in 1996, where she established the Mental Health Division. She then joined the World Bank in 2000 as one of the first Public Health Specialists (Mental Health), and worked with World Bank Staff and client country partners to develop mental health components, supervising and providing support to research projects, as well as knowledge management.
Since 2007, Dr Baingana has been with Makerere University School of Public Health, lecturing, working as a mentor for the CDC/MakSPH HIV/AIDS Fellowship Programme, and supervising MPH dissertations. Dr Baingana undertook an MSc in Health Policy, Planning and Financing at the London School of Economics and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in 2009/2010 with the support of the Wellcome Trust Masters and Research Fellowship. In 2012, Dr Baingana successfully led an application for a Grand Challenges Canada Mental Health Beyond Facilities project. She is Principal Investigator for this project, implemented in Uganda, Liberia and Nepal.
Dr Baingana has worked in Liberia on and off since 2008, providing support to the development of the curriculum and participating in the training of Mental Health Clinicians (MHCs). During the West Africa EVD Epidemic, Dr Baingana provided support to Liberia with the support of Urgent Action Fund Fund, in September 2014, and then with WHO Liberia Country office, from October 2014 to January 2015. Currently, Dr Baingana is MHPSS Lead for Sierra Leone WHO Country Office.
Dr Baingana has published widely.