Lenka Benova MA MSc PhD
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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).
- Centre for Evaluation
- Health and Social Change (ECOHOST)
- Maternal, Adolescent, Reproductive & Child Health (MARCH)
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).
- Global Health
- Health inequalities
- Maternal health
- Social and structural determinants of health
- Arab World
- Euro area
- Middle East & North Africa (all income levels)
- Egypt, Arab Rep.
Systematic review and meta-analysis: association between water and sanitation environment and maternal mortality.
Benova, L. ; Cumming, O. ; Campbell, O.M. ;
Trop Med Int Health, 2014;
Lifelong Socio Economic Position and biomarkers of later life health: Testing the contribution of competing hypotheses.
Ploubidis, G.B. ; Benova, L. ; Grundy, E. ; Laydon, D. ; Destavola, B. ;
Soc Sci Med, 2014; 119:258-265
Socioeconomic Position and Health-Seeking Behavior for Hearing Loss Among Older Adults in England.
Benova, L. ; Grundy, E. ; Ploubidis, G.B. ;
J Gerontol B Psychol Sci Soc Sci, 2014;
Socio-economic gradients in maternal and child health-seeking behaviours in egypt: systematic literature review and evidence synthesis.
Benova, L. ; Campbell, O.M. ; Ploubidis, G.B. ;
PLoS One, 2014; 9(3):e93032
Vertical transmission of hepatitis C: Systematic review and meta-analysis.
Benova, L.; Mohamoud, Y.A.; Calvert, C.; Abu-Raddad, L.J.;
Clin Infect Dis, 2014; 59(6):765-73
Where there is no toilet: water and sanitation environments of domestic and facility births in Tanzania.
Benova, L. ; Cumming, O. ; Gordon, B.A. ; Magoma, M. ; Campbell, O.M. ;
PLoS One, 2014; 9(9):e106738
Association of BMI Category Change with TB Treatment Mortality in HIV-Positive Smear-Negative and Extrapulmonary TB Patients in Myanmar and Zimbabwe.
Benova, L. ; Fielding, K. ; Greig, J. ; Nyang'wa, B.T. ; Casas, E.C. ; da Fonseca, M.S. ; du Cros, P. ;
PLoS One, 2012; 7(4):e35948
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