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.


Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health (ANSIRH)

ANSIRH is a collaborative research group that conducts innovative, rigorous, multidisciplinary research on complex issues related to people’s sexual and reproductive lives in the US and around the world.

Family AIDS Care and Education Services (FACES)

FACES is an HIV/AIDS care, treatment and prevention program in western Kenya that includes integrated family planning and prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) services. FACES is a UCSF partnership with the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI).

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.

University of Zimbabwe-UCSF Collaborative Research Programme (UZ-UCSF)

Bixby’s University of Zimbabwe College of Health Sciences Clinical Trials Unit helps women and their partners living with HIV to make conception, pregnancy, childbirth and child care safer. The program develops and tests biomedical prevention for mother-to-child HIV transmission during pregnancy, delivery and the postpartum period and leads research on initiation and monitoring of antiretroviral therapy for children.

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.


SPARQ Creates Measures, Interventions to Improve Person-centered Reproductive Health Care
Women in Kenya, India, and even California could get more respectful reproductive health care and be more likely to visit providers when they need care through a current Institute for Global Health Sciences project: Strengthening People-centered Accessibility, Respect and Quality (SPARQ).

Meet Rachel L. Kaplan, Trailblazing Researcher Fighting Transphobia
Rachel Kaplan's interest in HIV and its impact on the LGBTQI+ community intersected with their love for the Middle East, leading Kaplan to undertake the first ever study on HIV treatment and prevention among transgender women in Lebanon.

Ethical Complexities of Egg Donation in the US
Egg donation (ED) for in vitro fertilization (IVF) has emerged as a popular form of treatment for infertility. Within the current body of research, there is an obvious need for studies on donor perceptions, long term health effects and experiences of the donation processes and beyond.