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.