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.