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.)
Sirina’s conducted qualitative interviews with 110 women in the north of Ghana, Northern Region (TFR 7.0), and the south of Ghana, Greater Accra Region (TFR 2.9).
Maura’s internship involved investigating barriers to sustainable manual vacuum aspiration (MVA) supply in Ghana.
Emily spent the summer in Senegal working with EngenderHealth, an international NGO based in New York that focuses on promoting long-acting methods of family planning.
Rita, a student in the UC Berkeley Joint Medical Program and a graduate of the Interdisciplinary MPH Program, spent several weeks in Peru working on the evaluation of a microcredit organization that provides lending and health education services to that country’s urban and rural poor.
Richard Lowe worked on a project evaluating the Impact on Clinics of an Output-Based Aid (OBA) Approach to the Treatment of Sexually Transmitted Infections in Southwestern Uganda.
Terrence was part of a research project that was a joint collaboration between Ahmadu-Bello University (ABU) and UC Berkeley’s School of Public Health (Bixby program).
Martine helped evaluate the community’s use, safety, and acceptability of misoprostol and the feasibility and effectiveness of using TBAs to administer misoprostol to treat PPH in Kigoma, Tanzania.
Family Planning with the Faith Alive Foundation in Nigeria
Lori Babcok, MPH/MPP Candidate
Ms. Boarden went to Nigeria to work on research assessing the effectiveness of using misoprostol to treat postpartum hemorrhage among women in rural settings.