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.)
Matt went Uganda in Summer 2008 to produce a cost effectiveness evaluation of the Output-Based Aid (OBA) HealthyLife pilot program for non-HIV STIs, and to assist in the planning an randomized evaluation of the forthcoming OBA HealthyBaby safe maternal delivery program.
As a Bixby intern in Armenia, Karen’s objective was to gain a better understanding of the context of reproductive health in the country in terms of policies and laws, relevant programs, projects and organizations, and the perceptions and practices of married men and women, mother in laws and ob/gyns.
“Comparing the ability of two different levels of community health providers to provide injectable contraceptives”
Emily worked in Ecuador at Asociación Pro Bienestar de la Familia Ecuatoriana (APROFE)’s main center in Guayaquil, a western city of 2,000,000 people.
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).