The Bixby Center for Population, Health and Sustainability funds graduate student summer internships and dissertation research in the areas of family planning and population for graduate students at UC Berkeley. The principal focus of the program is on family planning issues in developing countries where population growth rates remain high and reproductive health services are poor or inaccessible. (Internships that focus only on HIV/AIDS do not meet the criteria.)

, 2011
During an interview with a midwife, a laboring mother was rushed into the room and delivered this perfect baby girl.

Carinne and Julie spent six weeks examining the factors that facilitate and impede the use of reproductive health vouchers by women who were eligible for the voucher program in three operational districts in Cambodia.


Amanda carried out key informant interviews in Ethiopia and Uganda to identify current family planning priorities, reproductive health policies, and feasibility of community-based distribution of contraceptives.

, 2011
A talk with the leadership from many different rural communities to understand their economic and healthcare concerns.

Elise spent this summer with the organization Population and Community Development Association, which has been working to improve the health and economic status of Thailand’s rural populations since the late 1970s.

, 2011
Pregnant women sitting with a Traditional Birth Attendant (TBA) at a health facility

Joanna worked with Venture Strategies Innovations (VSI) and Ghana Health Service (GSH) to conduct monitoring and evaluation of a Misoprostol pilot project in Ghana. The project aimed to reduce maternal mortality and morbidity due to postpartum hemorrhage (PPH) by providing women with Misoprostol—a life-saving drug that has been shown to effectively prevent PPH.

, 2011
A rural family in Chake Chake, Pemba.

As a Bixby Summer Intern, Rose worked with the Ministry of Health in Zanzibar to assess the feasibility of measuring maternal mortality and assigning cause of death using a community-based strategy. This strategy is currently in use in Ethiopia, and the hope is to adapt the methodology to the Zanzibar context.

, 2010
Traditional Birth Attendants learn about misoprostol.

Daniela spent the summer in Mozambique, working with the Bixby Center and Venture Strategies Innovations on a project is to save mother’s lives by preventing postpartum hemorrhage at home births with misoprostol tablets for women unable to reach a facility to deliver.

, 2010
STD/HIV prevention poster in Pune, Maharashtra, India. The caption can be loosely translated as, ‘whether one or many (partners), find a condom!’ The cartooned condom himself asks, ‘what do you think?’

Bernadine Han, MS/MD Candidate This project explores how shifts in India’s family planning and family planning policy have been filtered down to local communities through images – specifically posters and signs created and distributed by India’s Ministry of Health, local health departments, as well as non-governmental organizations. While the course of population and family planning policy in India has undergone…

, 2010
Naomi Beyeler

Naomi worked with doctors and midwives to develop a community-based maternal health program including a community surveillance system and participatory mother’s groups. The goal of the program is to engage the community, in particular pregnant women, in learning about and creating strategies to improve maternal health.

, 2010
A mother holds her new baby and the voucher that saved her life.  She had a serious obstetric complication and would have lost the baby if she had given birth in the village.  Thanks to the voucher she delivered in a hospital and they were able to do a cesarean section.

Carrine worked with Marie Stopes International to assess providers’ opinions of a reproductive health voucher program in Uganda. These voucher programs are designed to give patients the economic power to demand high-quality healthcare, to target high-risk or low-income patients for critical services, to augment general population utilization rates, and to contain per-unit costs.

, 2010
Suzanne Bell 1

As a Bixby summer intern, Suzanne worked alongside two domestic NGO’s in rural Bangladesh to complete the next phase of the Misoprostol Pilot Project. The project’s overall aim is to illustrate that women’s use of misoprostol and an absorptive mat during childbirth can reduce the rates of post partum hemorrhage, a leading cause of maternal death.

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