Miss Eniya Kapila Lufumpa MSc, BA

Institute of Applied Health Research

Contact details

Murray Learning Centre
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Eniya is a Doctoral Researcher in the Institute of Applied Health Research, within the Social Studies in Medicine theme.

Eniya’s primary research aims to understand why women in sub-Saharan Africa continue to develop the childbearing injury, obstetric fistula. Her research involves a thorough examination and assessment of current interventions that have been implemented in sub-Saharan Africa as a means of preventing the development of obstetric fistulas. Furthermore, it also includes an empirical component which is comprised of a qualitative study that was carried out in Zambia.


  • MSc in Global Public Health and Policy, Queen Mary University of London (UK), 2014
  • BA in French, University of Mary Washington (USA), 2013 


Eniya received her undergraduate degree in French in 2013 from the University of Mary Washington, based in Virginia (USA). Although she always had an interest in medicine and global health, it was during her tenure there that she further cultivated her passion for global health and development work through her involvement in various extracurricular activities.

She then went on complete her MSc in 2014 at Queen Mary University of London in Global Public Health and Policy. Her Masters dissertation was a narrative review that examined the scope of literature on the interventions aimed at the prevention of obstetric fistula in sub-Saharan Africa. This research served as the foundation for her current doctoral research.

Eniya is currently working on her doctoral research which aims to further investigate the preventive aspect of the development of obstetric fistulas using the Three phase delay model as a framework.   


Facilitating small group teaching sessions for the Medicine in society and Health Services, Chronic Illness & Disability (HES) components of the MBChB program including:

  • Abortion
  • Beliefs about Medicines
  • Case Studies: Confidentiality
  • Case Studies: Consent for Adults & Children
  • Case Studies: Telling the Truth
  • Clinical Communication (Role Play 1)
  • Clinical Communication – working with interpreters
  • Euthanasia
  • Maternal health
  • Negligence
  • Professional Socialisation
  • Triadic consultation

Doctoral research

PhD title
Working title: Understanding the factors that perpetuate maternal health morbidities in sub-Saharan Africa: Applying the Three Phase Delay Model as a Framework for the Case of Obstetric Fistula in Zambia. Expected year of completion: Autumn 2019 Supervisors: Dr Antje Lindenmeyer and Dr Lucy Doos


Eniya’s doctoral research aims to identify and understand the factors that cause women in sub-Saharan Africa to develop the childbearing injury, obstetric fistula. This research is guided by the Three Phase Delay Model, which identifies obstacles to both the provision and timely utilisation of suitable obstetric care, and its ensuing outcome.

This research involves a systematic review that thoroughly examines and assesses current interventions that have been implemented in sub-Saharan Africa as a means of preventing obstetric fistulas. Furthermore, it identifies the barriers and facilitators to these interventions.

The heavier empirical component is comprised of a qualitative study that was carried out in Zambia and aimed to identify the factors that cause Zambian women to develop this injury.

Other activities

  • Postgraduate Researcher (PGR) Representative for International Students, College of Medical and Dental Sciences (2015- 2018);
  • Personal fundraising coordinator, Cameroon Catalyst (2017- 2018);
  • Small group facilitator for modules within the Medical school (2017- Present)


Lufumpa, E., et al. (2018). "Barriers and facilitators to preventive interventions for the development of obstetric fistulas among women in sub-Saharan Africa: a systematic review." BMC Pregnancy Childbirth 18(1): 155.

Lufumpa, E. and S. Steele (2016). "Obstetric Fistula: A Narrative Review of the Literature on Preventive Interventions in sub-Saharan Africa." African Journal of Reproductive Health 20(3).