Lenka Benova


Assistant Professor


Keppel Street
United Kingdom

020 7299 4700

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).


Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology


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 (

Research Area
Health inequalities
Maternal health
Social and structural determinants of health
Global Health
Egypt, Arab Rep.
Arab World
Euro area
Middle East & North Africa (all income levels)

Selected Publications

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
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
Vertical transmission of hepatitis C: Systematic review and meta-analysis.
Benova, L.; Mohamoud, Y.A.; Calvert, C.; Abu-Raddad, L.J.;
Clin Infect Dis
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
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
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