Lenka Benova MA MSc PhD

Assistant Professor


I am a quantitative population health scientist with training in management, economics, Middle East studies and demography.  As a co-investigator in the Maternal healthcare markets Evaluation Team (MET), I currently lead the SAGE (Secondary data Analysis for Generating new Evidence) team. Previously, I headed operations in a start-up company in eldercare in the United States and worked as project coordinator with Médecins Sans Frontières in Nigeria, the West Bank and South Sudan. I was responsible for the design, implementation and evaluation of the health pillar of a conditional cash transfer program in Egypt between 2008 and 2010.

I have a keen interest in health-seeking behaviour, maternal health research, and evaluation in low- and middle-income countries. I hold an MA in Middle East studies (American University in Cairo), MSc in Demography and Health (LSHTM), and PhD in Population Health (LSHTM).




I co-organise and teach on Statistical Methods for Epidemiology and Population Health (STEPH) module and contribute to various other modules (Family Planning Programmes, Research Design and Analysis, Extended Epidemiology, Social Epidemiology).

I tutor students in the MSc Reproductive and Sexual Health research and supervise MSc summer projects.


My research focus is on health-seeking behaviour in general and reproductive/maternal health in particular. Within these areas, I am interested in innovative methods to capture decisions and steps in health-seeking,  validity of self-reported health-seeking indicators, and coverage of care contact and content. I utilise secondary data - on both individual and health-facility levels - to describe levels, trends and inequalities in healthcare coverage in order to pinpoint policy priorities.


I am also part of the Maternal and Newborn Health Group (http://mnhgroup.lshtm.ac.uk).

Research areas

  • Equity
  • Evaluation
  • Global Health
  • Health inequalities
  • Maternal health
  • Social and structural determinants of health


  • Demography
  • Epidemiology


  • Arab World
  • Euro area
  • Middle East & North Africa (all income levels)


  • Egypt, Arab Rep.
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