General Support for the UCSF Bixby Center

Investigator: J. Joseph Speidel, MD, MPH
Sponsor: William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

Location(s): Kenya; Zimbabwe


The UCSF Bixby Center advances reproductive health policy and practice worldwide through research, training and advocacy.

There are 3 billion women, men and adolescents of reproductive age worldwide facing challenges to their sexual and reproductive health. Research is urgently needed to develop new and improved solutions to the world’s most pressing reproductive health needs.

Since the Bixby Center’s founding 15 years ago, our research has changed policy, clinical care and laws for the better. Our work informs evidence-based reproductive and sexual health policies, treatment and care guidelines to save women’s lives around the world. For example, the Bixby Center has decades of experience in evaluating the safety, efficacy and acceptability of new contraceptives. Our researchers have played a part in testing every contraceptive method currently approved by the US Food and Drug Administration. We also conducted key research allowing emergency contraceptive pills to be sold in the US without a prescription.