Bupe is a Maternal and Child Health Specialist who uses quantitative research methods to help improve the health of women, newborns, and children, particularly in relation to the life-long health benefits of practices that occur at birth.
Bupe holds a Ph.D. in Midwifery focusing on the health of women and newborn babies, from the University of Technology Sydney in Australia. She also has a Masters of Philosophy in Maternal and Child Health (MPhil MCH) degree, which was a sub-specialty of Public Health, and a non-nursing degree, a program she completed in December 2017 from the University of Cape Town, South Africa. In addition, she has a Bachelor’s degree in Midwifery and Neonatal Nursing Science, a degree she obtained from the University of KwaZulu Natal, in Durban, South Africa, besides her General Nursing and basic Midwifery training she obtained in Zambia.
She is a very passionate advocate for mothers and babies, Bupe’s current research hopes to ensure that one day EVERY midwife and obstetrician understands and embraces the practice of delayed cord clamping at birth to reduce anaemia. Anemia (iron deficiency) and the many problems that result from this is a major health problem in the world and delayed cord clamping can reduce the lifetime risk of anaemia by 60%. She has just finished her doctoral studies, which began with determining the current umbilical cord clamping practices by midwives and obstetricians in Zambia. Followed by umbilical cord clamping guideline collection and appraisal using the AGREE II tool. She concluded her data collection with face to face interviews with midwives and key informants from the Ministry of Health Zambia. Results of her study have informed strategies that may be used to increase the diffusion of delayed cord clamping in birth units across Zambia.