Sarah Raifman, MSc

Project Director, Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health (ANSIRH)

Sarah is a Project Director for a variety of research projects at ANSIRH that aim to expand access to reproductive health care in the U.S. and internationally. Her work focuses on measuring morbidity and mortality due to unintended pregnancy and unsafe abortion, evaluating the impact of abortion restrictions on women’s health and wellbeing, and designing and implementing new models for family planning and abortion service provision. Ms. Raifman began her work at UCSF in 2012 as an intern in the Safe Motherhood Program working on the non-pneumatic anti-shock garment (NASG), and later she completed a Butler Koshland Fellowship at the Bixby Center focused on international family planning advocacy. Previously, Ms. Raifman worked at the Population Council, where she evaluated community-based distribution programs for family planning and other reproductive health supplies in Africa and Asia. She brings significant experience in quantitative and qualitative research and program management, and is dedicated to improving the health and wellbeing of vulnerable populations.

Areas of Interest:

  • Measurement of abortion related to mortality and morbidity
  • Evaluation of harm reduction strategies for abortion
  • Mobile technologies and reproductive health
  • Advocacy for international family planning

Major Projects:

  • Global Turnaway Study (Tunisia, Nepal, South Africa, Colombia, Bangladesh)
  • South Africa: measurement of abortion outside the formal health system
  • Population and Environment program


  • Harvard School of Public Health, MSc in Global Health and Population
  • Brown University, Bachelor's in Development Studies