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.)
Ms. Rowen spent the summer in Bangladesh, observing and documenting effective strategies for training traditional birth attendants to provide maternal health care.
Ms. Holden went to Tanzania in March to develop a distribution network for misoprostol and lay the foundation for policy approval of the drug.
Cheryl Francisconi, MSW. MPH Candidate
Ms. Francisconi spent the summer in Ethiopia and ended up salvaging a large scale and important study of sexual and reproductive health in rural areas, which was about to collapse for lack of skilled inputs. The data will become her thesis.
Read Cheryl’s full report (PDF)
Dr. Almodwahi traveled to Yemen where she met with senior officials in the Ministry of Health, participated in a maternal health workshop, and gave a presentation on misoprostol. She also assessed availability, pricing, and potential methods of delivery of the drug for reaching the rural population.
Jessica worked with the Community Based Distribution (CBD) program of the Lake Tanganyika Catchment Reforestation and Education Project (TACARE), a division of the Jane Goodall Institute.
Martha spent a month in Angola to research the linkages between forced migration and reproductive health in a post-conflict setting.
“Family Planning and Preventing Maternal Mortality in Kigoma Tanzania”
Kate was exposed to fascinating studies investigating emergency contraception, female condom acceptability, traditional medicine use in STI treatment and more.
Samantha Ehrlich, MPH candidate
Nuriye Sahin-Hodoglugil, DrPH Candidate