We conduct research in countries and regions with persistently high birth rates and constrained access to contraceptive methods. We work to produce reliable information for population policy decision-making including on barriers to fertility regulation, ease of access to contraception, safe motherhood including misoprostol for the prevention of postpartum hemorrhage, and the management and financing of family planning and reproductive health in resource scarce regions. In addition to core research, Bixby has special projects that address complex multifactorial population issues and development challenges.
The Bixby center conducts operations research to establish the feasibility, safety and efficacy of maternal health and family planning interventions. Bixby provides research design, training, monitoring, report writing and data analysis for joint projects. It is difficult to ensure that medical products actually reach low-income people in developing countries, especially low-income people who live in rural areas far from most government health services. Operations research helps demonstrate the feasibility and reach of medical product distribution programs and assist ministries of health in policy making.