Researchers at UCSF’s Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health and at the Institute for Global Health Sciences conduct research and training programs around the world to ensure that women have the power to plan their families through access to safe and effective birth control, abortion services, sex education, and childbirth and HIV/STI care—regardless of their age, ethnicity, income, or where they live.


Family AIDS Care and Education (FACES)

FACES is a comprehensive HIV program in Kenya, including integrated family planning services.

Impact of antiretroviral therapy’s influence on fertility desires, contraception, and pregnancy

The impact of earlier antiretroviral therapy (ART) on fertility desires, contraceptive use, and subsequent pregnancy incidence in HIV-positive women in sub-Saharan Africa is unknown. The ART-C study is assessing family planning services at HIV care clinics, and interviewing HIV-positive women to assess the impact of earlier ART initiation on reproductive health outcomes.

Strengthening People-centered Accessibility, Respect, and Quality (SPARQ)

SPARQ aims to improve the quality of maternal and reproductive health care for women in India and Kenya by conducting research to understand why increased use of hospital-based reproductive services is not leading to increasing improvements in family planning use and mortality and morbidity rates.

In Their Own Words:
Experiences of Women Denied Abortions

This video tells the story of women in Bangladesh, Colombia, Nepal, South Africa and Tunisia who are denied legal abortion services and the consequences of denial.