Sara Casey focuses on using sound data collection and analysis to improve the availability and quality of sexual and reproductive health services in countries whose health systems have been weakened by war or natural disaster. Dr. Casey is Director of the Reproductive Health Access, Information and Services in Emergencies (RAISE) Initiative, a global program collaborating with program partners to identify and respond to challenges to improve contraceptive and abortion-related services in humanitarian settings in Africa and Asia. She provides technical guidance to partners to establish program monitoring and evaluation systems and conduct health facility assessments, population-based surveys and other implementation research.
DrPH, 2016, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University
MPH, 2002, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University
Other, 2002, School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University
BA, 1995, Washington University in St. Louis
Areas of Expertise
Implementation Science, Conflict and War, Global Health, Refugee Health, Abortion, Contraception, Reproductive Health, Reproductive Rights
Select Global Activities
RAISE Initiative, Afghanistan, Chad, Congo (Kinshasa), Democratic Republic of the, Myanmar, Pakistan, Somalia, Sudan, Uganda, Yemen: The RAISE Initiative works with partners and international consortia to advance the conditions needed to make SRH services in emergencies a basic standard of care. RAISE facilitates technical support, research, documentation, and use and dissemination of findings. RAISE also participates in advocacy efforts for improved SRH. We focus on components of SRH that remain too often unaddressed: the provision of comprehensive contraceptive services and comprehensive abortion care (CAC) including post-abortion care and safe abortion services.
S E Casey, M C Gallagher, E F Dumas, J Kakesa, J M Katsongo, J B Muselemu (2019). Meeting the demand of women affected by ongoing crisis: increasing contraceptive prevalence in North and South Kivu, Democratic Republic of the Congo. PLoS ONE 14(7): e0219990. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0219990
V J Steven, J Deitch, E F Dumas, M C Gallagher, J Nzau, A Paluku, S E Casey (2019). “Provide care for everyone please”: engaging community leaders as sexual and reproductive health advocates in North and South Kivu, Democratic Republic of the Congo. Reproductive Health 16:98. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12978-019-0764-z
S E Casey, V J Steven, J Deitch, E F Dumas, M C Gallagher, S Martinez, C N Morris, R V Rafanoharana, E Wheeler. “You must first save her life": Community perceptions towards induced abortion and post abortion care in North and South Kivu, Democratic Republic of the Congo (2019). Sexual and Reproductive Health Matters, 27:1. https://doi.org/10.1080/09688080.2019.1571309.
S E Casey, A Cannon, B M Balikubirhi, J B Muyisa, R Amsalu, M Tsolka (2017). Twelve-month contraceptive continuation among women initiating short- and long-acting reversible contraceptives in North Kivu, Democratic Republic of the Congo. PLoS ONE 12(9): e0182744.
S E Casey and M. Tshipamba (2017). "Contraceptive availability leads to increase in use in conflict-affected Democratic Republic of the Congo: evidence from cross-sectional cluster surveys, facility assessments and service statistics." Conflict and Health 11:2.
T McGinn and S E Casey (2016). Why don't humanitarian organizations provide safe abortion services? Conflict and Health 10(8)
S E Casey, S K Chynoweth, N Cornier, M C Gallagher, E E Wheeler (2015). Progress and gaps in reproductive health services in three humanitarian settings: mixed-methods case studies, Conflict and Health 9(Suppl 1):S3
S E Casey, S E McNab, C Tanton , J Odong , A C Testa & L Lee-Jones (2013). Availability of long-acting and permanent family-planning methods leads to increase in use in conflict-affected northern Uganda: Evidence from cross-sectional baseline and endline cluster surveys, Global Public Health 8(3):284-297
T McGinn, J Austin, K Anfinson, R Amsalu, S E Casey, S Fadulalmula, A Langston, L Lee-Jones, J Meyers, F Mubiru, J Schlecht, M Sharer, M Yetter (2011). Family planning in conflict: results of cross-sectional baseline surveys in three African countries. Conflict and Health 5:11.
S E Casey, K T Mitchell, I M Amisi, M M Haliza, B Aveledi, P Kalenga, J Austin (2009). Use of facility assessment data to improve reproductive health service delivery in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Conflict and Health 3:12.