Advancing Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights

Aparna Sundaram, Senior Research Scientist

Aparna Sundaram joined the Guttmacher Institute in 2008 as a Senior Research Scientist. She received her PhD in sociology, specializing in demography, from the University of Maryland, where she was also a Hewlett Fellow in demography. Since joining Guttmacher, Dr. Sundaram has worked on estimating the costs and benefits of expanding contraceptive use in Uganda, Ethiopia, and Burkina Faso. She and her colleagues at the institute have also analyzed primary data to examine the economic costs of unsafe abortions to households and the health system in Uganda. Dr. Sundaram has also researched disparities in access to safe abortion services in Ghana, and examined the knowledge, attitudes, and practice of abortion service providers there. She is currently working on estimating abortion incidence in India and Nepal, and on estimating contraceptive failure rates in the U.S. using the 2006-2010 NSFG data.

Curriculum Vitae

Recent publications include:

Sundaram A et al., The impact of Ghana’s R3M programme on the provision of safe abortions and postabortion care, Health Policy and Planning, 2015, 30(8):1017-1031.

Vlassoff M et al., The health system cost of post-abortion care in Uganda, Health Policy and Planning, 2014, 29(1): 56-66.

Sundaram A et al., Documenting the individual- and household-level cost of unsafe abortion in Uganda, International Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, 2013, 39(4): 174-184.

Sundaram A et al., Factors associated with abortion-seeking and obtaining a safe abortion in Ghana, Studies in Family Planning, 2012, 43(4): 273-286.

Vlassoff M et al., Avantages liés à la satisfaction des besoins en matière de contraception moderne au Burkina Faso, En Bref , New York: Guttmacher Institute, 2011, No. 1.

Sundaram A et al., Benefits of Meeting the Contraceptive Needs of Ethiopian Women, In Brief , New York: Guttmacher Institute, 2010, No. 1.

Vlassoff M et al., Benefits of Meeting the Contraceptive Needs of Ugandan Women, In Brief , New York: Guttmacher Institute, 2009, No. 4.

Seastrom, M, Tank J and Sundaram A, Monitoring survey response rates and monitoring bias in a federal statistical agency: National Center for Education Statistics, In JSM Proceedings, 2009, Alexandria, VA, American Statistical Association.

Sundaram A and Vanneman R, Gender differentials in literacy in India: The intriguing relationship with women’s labor force participation, World Development , 2008, 36(1): 128-143.


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