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We will keep fighting and will not stop!

Czarny protest 1Paris, October 5, 2016

Poland will catalyze the process in whole Europe

Interview with Krystyna Kacpura, Executive Director of the Federation for Women and Reproductive Health, Poland

Krystyna, can you say just few sentences for you and your organization and what happens in Poland?
The Federation for Women and Family Planning has been existed for 25 years. This year we celebrate our 25 anniversary. I am the executive director of the Federation. As for the situation of the reproductive rights of the women in Poland: currently we have very restrictive law. The law is more restrictive in practice than in paper. The law allows abortion in 3 cases – when the fetus is seriously damaged, in cases of rape, or incest and when there is a danger to the women’s health and life. This law doesn’t work in practice and there are many circumstances for this. There are some limitations as for instance conscious objection or prolonged procedures for the demanded services. There are many other barriers to access the desired services.
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Development cooperation and Bulgaria

DiplomacyVentsislav Kirkov, "Diplomacy" magazine, issue 15 - october-december 2015

In 2007, the Bulgarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs promulgated a concept of Bulgaria’s participation in international development cooperation. This document set out the principles, the tasks, and the priorities of the development policy of this country, along with the ways in which this policy was going to be funded. The International Development Cooperation Concept outlined the Bulgarian participation in the development policies on a bilateral and a multilateral basis, meaning that the funding was going to be provided through bilateral and multilateral channels.
By multilateral funding channels, I mean the varied organizations which were working in the area of attaining the topical, at the time, Millennium Development Goals. Among these organizations ere some UN agencies, the IMF, and some EU institutions dealing with the formulation and implementation of the international development cooperation policies. The bilateral unding channels involved Bulgaria’s participation in small projects, which did not require any serious funding, participation in joint projects, along with some other international donors, as well as the provision of technical aid. At that time, Bulgaria had quite recently acceded to the European Union and was, therefore, considered to be suitable for using the bilateral funding pproach because this approach was going to help the country gain the relevant experience and implement a consistent and efficient development policy in line with its own foreign policy.
Participation in the international development cooperation policies is, indeed, viewed as a modern and flexible instrument within the framework of the general foreign policy of the ountry. This could become most visible in the implementation of joint bilateral projects and programmes. The Bulgarian cultural and historical heritage makes it possible for the country to cquire stable positions in a number of countries in which the leading EU Member States do not have long-standing traditions. Hence, the development of bilateral relations could be regarded s an expression of Bulgaria’s willingness to empathize with the countries with which it has been maintaining long-standing traditions of reliable partnerships in the political, economic, and cultural sphere.

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How Mice Turned Their Private Paradise Into A Terrifying Dystopia

Cover photoYOU CAN READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE

 

Interview with Prof. Radka Argirova

Prof. ArgirovaSofia, July 28 2015

Проф. д-р Радка Аргирова е завършила ВМИ – София и за кратко време е работила по разпределение в Окръжна болница – Габрово. След конкурс става редовен докторант по вирусология в Институт „Ивановски“ – Москва, където успешно защитава дисертация по животински ретровируси.  Завръща се в София и работи последователно в Института по онкология и Института по обща и сравнителна патология – БАН на модели миши и птичи ретровируси. В периода 1980 – 1981 г. е стипендиант на Фондация „Хумболт“ отново по ретровируси. Освен в Германия, е специализирала  в САЩ.
През 1985 г. след участие в специализиран конгрес в Хамбург, получава HIV  от проф. Роберт Гало, донася го в БАН и с това у нас се започва работата по СПИН. Пред 1987 г. се открива организираната от нея първа лаборатория по СПИН, в същата година у нас започва и контролът на кръвната банка за вируса. Впоследствие е представител на България, а после и на Източна Европа в Глобалната Програма по СПИН – Женева, експерт по оценка на националните програми на Конго, Филипините и др. За 2 години е зам.-министър на  здравеопазването, след това последователно  ръководи Лабораторията по ретровируси,  както и Лабораторията по херпесни и онкогенни вируси към Националния център по заразни и паразитни болести. След пенсионирането й от този Институт е поканена в болница „Токуда” като вирусолог в състава на клиничната лаборатория, където работи и досега.
Под нейно ръководство са защитени 7 дисертации и 12 дипломни работи по вирусология, автор е на над 100 статии , от 2000 г. и досега е председател на Научното Дружество по вирусология,  лектор в Медицинския Университет, Биологическия Факултет, член на постоянно действащи комисии към МЗ, МОН, МОСВ, постоянен дългогодишен консултант по вирусология на Р Казахстан. От 2011 г. е председател на медико-биологичната секция към Хумболтовия Съюз в България. Успешно работи с няколко неправителствени организации, сред които „Надежда срещу СПИН“ (на която е съосновател) и Българска Асоциация по семейно планиране и сексуално здраве.

1) Проф. Аргирова, Вие имате дългогодишен опит в областта на вирусологията, включително и извън България. Има ли с какво българският учен-вирусолог да подпомогне колегите си в други държави, по-специално страните от т.нар. „глобален юг”?

Ще започна отговора си на Вашия въпрос с един цитат от Хенри Кисинджър :“ На Юг не може да се случи нищо важно. Оста на историята започва в Москва, минава през Бон, после през Вашингтон, и стига до Токио. Това, което става на Юг е без всякакво значение”. (Не че обожавам и чета Кисинджър, но другите го четат, следователно трябва да се съобразяваме). Да, но на юг се „случват“ важни неща, засягащи цялото човечество – напр. епидемии – HIV/СПИН, Ебола, денга и др. – все вирусни инфекции (разбира се, има и бактериални и паразитни), но с тяхното диагностициране, лечение и особено профилактика е ангажирана голяма част от световната наука днес -  и от севера, и от юга. Българският учен-вирусолог може да помогне  конкретно с приложение на специфична диагностика с бързи тестове на терен, което е в пряка връзка с епидемиологичното разпространение на дадена инфекция, както и с много сериозни знания относно организиране на нови вирусологични лаборатории в места и територии, където такива липсват. Имам и примери от практиката – напр. аз бях специално поканена да организирам вирусологична лаборатория в Казахстан (отначало идеята беше за изследвания на HIV, после прерастна в по-широко-спектърна лаборатория). Вече 3 години лабораторията работи, неотдавна в швейцарско списание излязоха 3 научни статии по нови инхибитори на HIV от местни автори.

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IN MEMORIAM

Todor Chernev, 1945-2018

For the Management board, staff, volunteers and supporters of the Bulgarian Family Planning and Sexual Health Association (BFPA) it is a great sadness to share that the first (and only so far) Honorary President of BFPA Professor Todor Chernev passed away on June 4 2018  the age of 72. He was one of the most outstanding gynecologists in the country, with many awards and achievements, including the national “Golden Hands” award. Besides all his different duties and important causes he was supporting, the Professor , as we called him was one of the founders of BFPA and was President of its Management Board for more than a decade. Professor Chernev remained a reproductive health consultant of our clinic in Sofia for almost 25 years and was active in the work for providing access to health services for underserved and vulnerable groups. He will be missed a lot by his wife, two sons, granddaughter, relatives and friends. The short video below reflects just part of his initiatives and successes. RIP! You will be remembered.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              

             

 

 

 
Training of Trainers on Health Education

Sofia, May 18-19, 2018

The Bulgarian Family Planning and Sexual Health Association (BFPA) conducted on May 18-19, 2018 the first for this year training of trainers on health and sexuality education „About the Shared Knowledge”. High school students from 8th to 11th grade from Sofia, Pleven, Plovdiv, Ruse, Stara Zagora, Troyan and Gorna Oryahovitza were introduced to topics connected with prevention of reproductive health and effective ways for delivering health messages to their peers.
The participants were from schools with different profile – entrepreneurship, math, natural science, informatics, humanities…,  and what united them was the expectation to gain new knowledge and make new friends. „How can one understand that he/she is suffering from Syphilis?”, „Which of the sources of information are credible?” and „Is it possible an person living with HIV to have life expectancy as long as an uninfected one?” – were  some of the questions during the sessions.

 
BFPA presents its newest edition: a leaflet on Fake news

Sofia, May 17 2018

A new edition with relevant information to recognize fake news was published by the Bulgarian Family Planning and Sexual Health Association (BFPA). Author of the text is the journalist Polina Paunova and of the drawings – the artist Kremena Koeva. The leaflet has a focus to health, but treats fake news and disinformation as a whole. It is targeting young people, but is useful and appropriate for all age groups.
„Fake News draw attention. They are scandalous. Shocking. Spicy. They are often about sex. Or about money. Or about death. Or about the three of the above together. Fake news are “grandiose”, “shocking” and reveal “a secret”. They are presented in a way that make you feel lost or shake your understanding of the world, on politics, medicine, authorities and celebrities.
... they discredit people, sometimes even entire countries. They do not have authors, but use names. They do not use factology, but simulate authenticity…“

You can find here the whole text (in BG)

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