The Bixby Center, Venture Strategies Innovations (VSI) and the Rwanda Ministry of Health (MOH) hosted a dissemination meeting on February 11, 2015 to share findings from recent pilot research on expanding access to safe abortion to women legally eligible for services under the new exemptions for abortion in the revised 2012 penal code. The research was funded by the Packard Foundation, led by Bixby partner VSI, in collaboration with the Rwandan MOH and the Rwanda Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology (RSOG).
The Bixby Center and the Tigray Health Bureau hosted a dissemination meeting on March 24, 2015 to share findings from three years of research on scaling up community based distribution of injectable contraceptives in Tigray, Ethiopia. The research was funded by Joffe Charitable Trust, Rotary Foundation and the Bixby Center and conducted in collaboration with Mekelle University, Women’s Association of Tigray and the Tigray Health Bureau.
Click here to see more details, including the brief. Final report available upon request.
Announcing recent publication of “A Review of Behavioral Economics in Reproductive Health” by Bixby Affiliate Sarah Jane Holcombe, co-authored with her BERI/CEGA collaborators. The Behavioral Economics and Reproductive Health Initiative (BERI) is a project of the Center for Effective Global Action (CEGA).
BERI is founded on the recognition that behavioral biases among women, their partners, families and communities, and providers affect reproductive health outcomes. Insights from behavioral economics may offer possible tools to integrate into existing or new programs that improve the health of poor women and girls. The BERI Review Paper is a living document that outlines the major behavioral challenges in reproductive health, our conceptual framework of four sets of opposing forces that affect decision-making, and behavioral economics tools that may be effectively applied to reproductive health challenges. The paper highlights both existing evidence and current gaps in the research.
Full publication available here
by Malcolm Potts
An excerpt from the L.A. Times:
When Pope Francis put in a word for “responsible parenthood” on his way back from the Philippines the other day, he added an off-the-cuff remark that grabbed headlines: Catholics, he said, do not need to breed “like rabbits.”
The problem, however, is precisely the opposite: If only Catholics could breed like rabbits. Given rabbit biology, and the church’s restrictions on contraception, that would make “responsible parenthood” easier for the faithful to accomplish.
Read more here.
For as far back as Dr. Ndola Prata can remember, she wanted to improve women’s health.
“My particular interest started when I was very young, basically by being around a lot of suffering of women, and learning about their reproductive needs that were not being met,” she said. At that time, Prata was growing up in Angola, a country struggling through nearly 30 years of civil war.
Prata earned her medical degree in Angola and practiced there as a physician for 10 years before coming to the United States. She also earned a master’s degree in medical demography from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. In 1998 she joined the UC Berkeley School of Public Health as a researcher and lecturer, simultaneously working as a medical demographer with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for six years. She is currently an associate professor in residence of maternal and child health.
It’s 3 o’clock in the afternoon. School has been out for nearly an hour. Fifteen giggling teenage girls huddle outside a mud-brick structure near the center of the village. “Malama, malama (teacher, teacher),” several of the girls cry out. Malama puts a finger to her lips to silence the girls. We are speaking with the Sarki—the village head—who greeted my colleague and I when we entered the village several minutes earlier. “This program is important. Look at the girls’ excitement,” Malama translates the Sarki’s words. “He says we must go now, the girls need their time in that room.”
Mother, the film, breaks a 40-year taboo by bringing to light an issue that silently fuels our most pressing environmental, humanitarian and social crises – population growth. In 2011 the world population reached 7 billion, a startling seven-fold increase since the first billion occurred 200 years ago.
Population was once at the top of the international agenda, dominating the first Earth Day and the subject of best-selling books like “The Population Bomb”. Since the 1960s the world population has nearly doubled, adding more than 3 billion people. At the same time, talking about population has become politically incorrect because of the sensitivity of the issues surrounding the topic–religion, economics, family planning and gender inequality. Yet it is an issue we cannot afford to ignore.
Today, nearly 1 billion people still suffer from chronic hunger even though the Green Revolution that has fed billions will soon come to an end due to the diminishing availability of its main ingredients–oil and water. Compounded with our ravenous appetite for natural resources, population growth is putting an unprecedented burden on the life system we all depend on, as we refuse to face the fact that more people equals more problems.
The film illustrates both the over-consumption and the inequity side of the population issue by following Beth, a mother and a child-rights activist as she comes to discover, along with the audience, the thorny complexities of the population issue. Beth – who comes from a large American family of 12 and has adopted an African-born daughter–travels to Ethiopia where she meets Zinet, the oldest daughter of a desperately poor family of 12. Zinet has found the courage to break free from thousand-year-old-cultural barriers, and their encounter will change Beth forever.
Grounded in the theories of social scientist Riane Eisler, the film strives not to blame but to educate, to highlight a different path for humanity. Overpopulation is merely a symptom of an even larger problem – a “domination system” that for most of human history has glorified the domination of man over nature, man over child and man over woman. To break this pattern, the film demonstrates that we must change our conquering mindset into a nurturing one. And the first step is to raise the status of women worldwide.
“Mother: Caring for 7 Billion” features world-renown experts and scientists including biologist Paul Ehrlich, author of “The Population Bomb;” economist Mathis Wackernagel, the creator of the ground-breaking Footprint Network; Malcolm Potts, a pioneer in human reproductive health; and Riane Eisler, whose book “The Chalice and the Blade” has been published in 23 countries.
New York times blogger Andrew Revkin linked to the Bixby Center population growth page in his, DOT EARTH blog. The article discussed his song LIBERATED CARBON and included links to describe the background behind some lines.
To see the post click here http://dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/06/25/songs-on-this-fossil-age/
Review By ARTHUR H. WESTING
Excerpt: “Potts, imbued with Darwinian evolution, proceeds to make a compelling case for the genetic basis of group violence. This essentially male trait (an insight largely gained from Campbell) of what he terms “coalitional violence” is prominent in our chimpanzee predecessors and has continued to be the unfailing norm throughout human pre-history and subsequent recorded history, to this day. That long-term record is amply demonstrated in the book; and he makes the case that this unfailingly pervasive behavioral propensity derives from continuing natural selection based on competition among males.”
To read the full article go to the The North Adams Transcript’s website