On September 21, 2012, the Bixby Center hosted the Organizing to Advance Solutions in the Sahel (OASIS) Conference, including 150 researchers, policymakers and advocates from across Africa, Europe and the United States. This conference brought together key experts in climate change, agricultural adaptation, family planning and population, and women’s empowerment.
Every 90 seconds one woman dies in pregnancy or childbirth, with rural women living in resource-poor countries particularly vulnerable. Poor, rural women are the least likely to have access to family planning and the most likely to deliver without a skilled birth attendant. What is the best approach to reaching these vulnerable women? Community-based interventions.
Mother, the film, breaks a 40-year taboo by bringing to light an issue that silently fuels our most pressing environmental, humanitarian and social crises – population growth. In 2011 the world population reached 7 billion, a startling seven-fold increase since the first billion occurred 200 years ago.
Population was once at the top of the international [...]
Beyond 7 billion: Bending the population curve
LA Times, 12/2/2012
Kenneth R. Weiss, Staff Writer
Hunger. Environmental degradation. Political instability. These were among the consequences of rapid global population growth documented in a five-part series in The Times in July. Now, the opinion section of the L.A. Times has invited leading scholars to consider what, if anything, [...]
The Impact of Freedom on Fertility Decline: Drs. Campbell, Prata & Potts define a new population paradigm
The Impact of Freedom on Fertility Decline
M. M. Campbell, N. Prata, M. Potts
Journal of Family Planning and Reproductive Health Care 2013, 39, 44–50.
Although fertility decline often correlates with improvements in socioeconomic conditions, many demographers have found flaws in demographic transition theories that depend on changes in distal factors such as increased wealth or education. Human [...]
Dr. Malcolm Potts, Bixby Professor of Population and Family Planning, had the opportunity to attend the London Summit on Family Planning on July 11, 2012. In the following report he shares his thoughts:
“It is a difficult task, but it is urgent. I am optimistic because we are here together. And I am optimistic because hundreds [...]
Last year a member of the World Bank professional staff gave a lecture on development in Africa on the UC Berkeley campus. His audience asked him about rapid population growth in that continent. He immediately dismissed the question, saying that population growth did not need any special attention. It would look after itself. He was [...]
Dr. Laura Stachel, Associate Director of West African Emergency Obstetric Research for the Bixby Center, is the Co-Founder and Medical Director of WE CARE Solar. On July 15, 2012, WE CARE Solar and partner AMREF were awarded a Transition to Scale grant, as well as the Peer Choice award that was selected by the innovators themselves, in [...]
The Effectiveness of Vouchers: Where More Evidence is Needed
Good science requires more than just good data: we also need researchers dedicated to progress. In this two-part series, www.rhvouchers.org sits down with Carinne Brody, a DrPH student at the University of California, Berkeley who studies reproductive health voucher programs.
Brody has worked both in the field and behind the scenes [...]
The British Parliament has published a report with “the invaluable input, guidance and support” of Dr. Martha Campbell and Prof. Malcolm Potts. Sex Ideology and Religion is authored by Richard Ottaway, Chairman of the UK Parliament Foreign Affairs Committee. Sex Ideology and Religion explores 10 myths that Campbell and Potts helped conceptualize about world popualtion growth, such as the [...]
Meyer, Bellows, Campbell & Potts publish systematic review on the impact of maternal health vouchers
The Impact of Vouchers on the Use and Quality of Health Goods and Services in Developing Countries
Authors: Carinne Meyer, Nicole Bellows, Martha Campbell and Malcolm Potts
Background: One approach to delivering health assistance to developing countries is the use of health voucher programmes, where vouchers are distributed to a targeted population for free or subsidised health goods/services. [...]
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Should birth control pills be available over-the-counter?
The pill was first approved for oral contraceptive use in the United States in 1960. It’s one of the most studied – and some say, safest – medications on the market today. Yet, in most countries, including the U.S., [...]