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.)
Divya and Aidan spent the summer investigating how Angolan women make decisions about pregnancy, childbearing, and family planning. With help from PSI Angola, Divya and Aidan conducted in-depth interviews with 28 women of reproductive age in health centers and local church groups in Luanda Province.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Bernadine Han, MS/MD Candidate
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?’
This project explores how shifts in India’s family planning and family planning policy have been filtered down to local communities [...]
Henrissa collaborated with the northern Nigeria Girl-Child Education program. Through the provision of educational opportunities, the program aims to delay the age of marriage and onset of child-bearing amongst low-income and rural communities in Zaria, Nigeria.
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.