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.)

, 2008
Bixby intern, Sirina Keesara interviews a woman about contraception Nakpanduri, Ghana. She explored the barriers to fertility regulation focusing on the fear of side effects an important and often undocumented barrier to family planning.

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).

, 2007
Ghana map

Maura’s internship involved investigating barriers to sustainable manual vacuum aspiration (MVA) supply in Ghana.

, 2007
senegal flag

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.

, 2007
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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.

, 2007
One of the private health facilities participating in the HealthyLife voucher program. This output-based aid (OBA) program contracted private clinics to provide testing and treatment for non-HIV STIs to voucher-bearing patients. This facility was located in Mbarara, Uganda town and run by the Family Planning Association of Uganda.  Bixby Intern Richard Lowe helped plan an evaluation of OBA programs.

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.

, 2007
Girls in Zaria Northern Nigeria

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).

, 2007
Martine with TBA

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.

, 2006
Nigeria flag

Family Planning with the Faith Alive Foundation in Nigeria

, 2006
Improving Family Planning Services in Rural Ethiopia: Community Based Reproductive Health and Agents & Depo-Provera

Lori Babcok, MPH/MPP Candidate

, 2006

Ms. Boarden went to Nigeria to work on research assessing the effectiveness of using misoprostol to treat postpartum hemorrhage among women in rural settings.

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