Advancing Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights

Aparna Sundaram, Senior Research Associate

Aparna Sundaram joined the Guttmacher Institute in 2008 as a Senior Research Associate. She received her PhD in sociology, specializing in demography, from the University of Maryland, where she was also a Hewlett Fellow in demography. Dr. Sundaram has recently completed a project on estimating the costs and benefits of expanding contraceptive use in Uganda, and is in the process of replicating this analysis for Ethiopia. She is also researching disparities in access to safe abortion in Ghana, and the economic and social costs of unsafe abortion in Uganda. In addition to research in demography, Dr. Sundaram has done research on education and gender for the U.S. as well as for developing countries. Prior to joining Guttmacher, she was at the American Institutes for Research, in Washington, DC, where she worked with the National Center of Education Statistics (NCES), U.S. Department of Education, on various projects related to U.S. education.

Recent publications include:

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.