Sara Casey

Sara Casey

Sara Casey

Assistant Professor
Population and Family Health at the Columbia University Medical Center


60 Haven Ave, B4, Room 411
New York NY 10032


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
MPH, 2002, Mailman School of Public Health
Other, 2002, School of International and Public Affairs
BA, 1995, Washington University in St. Louis

Other Affiliations

Areas of Expertise

Implementation Science, Conflict and War, Global Health, Refugee Health, Abortion, Contraception, Maternal Health, Reproductive Health, Reproductive Rights

Select Global Activities

Reproductive Health Access, Information and Services in Emergencies (RAISE) Initiative, Afghanistan, Chad, Democratic Republic of the Congo, 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.

Select Publications

S E Casey, G P Isa, E I Mazambi, M M Giuffrida, M J Kulkarni & S M Perera (2021). Community perceptions of the impact of war on unintended pregnancy and induced abortion in Protection of Civilian sites in Juba, South Sudan, Global Public Health, DOI: 10.1080/17441692.2021.1959939
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.
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.
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.
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.

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