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.)
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.
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.
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.
Heidi worked with a women’s reproductive health NGO in the Philippines called Likhaan Center for Women’s Health. Likhaan focuses on the provision of reproductive health direct services, as well as advocacy, policy, research, and community organizing with poor and marginalized women in the Philippines
Kelvin trained the ABUTH fellows in ethnographic research techniques and helped them develop their own research by helping them refine their field notes so that they are in the position to write academic papers based on their field work.
As a Bixby Summer Intern, Karen worked in collaboration with Venture Strategies for Health and Development (VSHD) and the Ministry of Health Zambia to monitor the implementation of the Zambia Misoprostol Pilot Project.