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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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Learning Action Partnership: Efforts for Guaranteed Sustainability

Sofia, February 12, 2020

The first for 2020 meeting of the Learning Action Partnership took place in Sofia on February 12, 2020. The agenda included review of activities done on project up to the moment, fixing of concrete future activities and defining small working groups for the different strategic directions.
Representatives of organizations and institutions who participated shared their working plans and the possibility of inclusion of other LAP members in joint activities. Part of the feedback was connected with the increase of fake news, including on priorities of the Partnership. The atmosphere of the event was businesslike, but with extremely well expressed solidarity and good collaboration feeling. In the debates during the meeting important actual topics were covered, such as increasing media and digital literacy of children and challenges, which we are meeting in our work with teachers with long practice on certain age and with burnout. Forming network of children and young people with innovative model of managing was discussed, which will aim decreasing the aggression of children under residential care. How to focus our work so that the efforts put to have guaranteed sustainability; science and research approach and regional and national level partnerships; the need to work together to change the environment – were among topics discussed during the event.

 
Most significant change: Documenting stories

Dolna Banya, January 24-26, 2020

On January 26-28 BFPA organized a meeting of the teams working on the project „My body, my rights” from Sofia, Yambol and Montana. Representatives of the three locations shared their experiences from the implemented field activities. We discussed problems which health mediators, self-help group members and their partners face and paid special attention on possible ways and strategies for solving. Participants put accent on good practices that had been identified up to the moment. It was the perfect time to watch and discuss several videos, showing the fieldwork as well as image “memes” with messages, which show benefits of family planning.
Participants gave feedback also for the freshly prepared Manual for self-support groups and for the Health application for mobile devices, which will be useful in the future work on the project and after its ending. Divided into groups by locations the participants from Sofia, Yambol and Montana worked on possible ways of documenting stories for the most significant change of people’s lives as result of the work of project teams and health specialists.

 
Start of the second edition of the Sofia Health Education Academy

Sofia, December 16, 2019

After a successful and intense first year during which the first batch of alumni peer educators of the Sofia Health Education Academy got skills and knowledge which they are already sharing with their peers, we started the second academic year. In this process the BFPA team works with valuable partners – the PIST Directorate of Sofia Municipality, the National Centre for Public Health and Analyses with MoH (NCPHA) and the Bulgarian Red Cross Youth (BRCY)
During the academic 2018-2019 teams of young people from 1st High school, 144th, 119th schools, 1st ELS and the Professional School of Textile and Fashion Design, supported by their school psychologists underwent an intensive training program and at the end of the education received certificates and demonstrated their abilities in front of schoolmates, parents and teachers.

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