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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

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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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BFPA starts working on a new project – ARIE - supported by the ERASMUS+ program

Sofia, March 2021

The Bulgarian Family Planning and Sexual Health Association (BFPA) is a partner in the first European project that encourages People Living with HIV (PLHIV) to implement regularly a system of aerobic exercises. The project was supposed to start in the beginning of 2020 but the Covid-19 pandemic postponed the start with one year. So ARIE will be implemented in 2021 and 2022, coordinated by ANLAIDS Lombardia  - an organization that was a partner of the Association under other projects  - for HIV  prevention, for creating an online informational system for Hepatitis B and C and for cervical cancer prevention. We are partners from  6 countries (Italy, Bulgaria, Greece, Lithuania, Romania and Slovenia), 7 organizations and over 30 experts. ARIE is an ambitious project to encourage participation in sports and physical activity of people living with the HIV infection and are on therapy, in line with EU recommendations and guidelines on physical activity.
The project intends to promote physical activity in the form of personalized paths, among people aged between 18 and 50 who live with HIV infection and who are under treatment, offering an innovative fitness protocol, and in order to involve them in moderate physical activity. Therefore, the project through the development of the protocol aims to promote voluntary activities in sport, together with awareness of the importance of physical activity for the benefit of health through greater participation in sport for all.
 
Online Meeting of LAP in Seeking Different Approaches to Work with Young People

Sofia, February 24, 2021

Another online meeting of Learning Action Partnership (LAP) took place on February 24th, 2021. The participants – guest colleagues from Center for Study of Democracy (CSD); representatives of BFPA, Know How Center for Alternative Care of NBU, BYRC, SAPI, Re-Act Association, ASC Foundation, NNHM and IOM – reviewed the progress of implementation of the so called ‘small projects’ in the frame of LAP. The short video representing the work of LAP was discussed and approved for use.
The special guests of the online meeting presented the campaign ‘Find Another Way’, directed against radical messages and actions of young people in internet. Safe Internet Center and Center for Study of Democracy, worked on the initiative for three years, presented results and conclusions from their online communicational campaign.
The main target groups of the project were young people 14-19 in Bulgaria. Their main goal – prevention of violence, connected with the extreme-right messages and reducing the vulnerability of young people towards extreme-right messages and propaganda. From CSD strived to work for reducing anti-minority attitudes and messages and violence against minority groups, they tried to present other, different points of view and to involve young people in constructive alternative causes via narratives for stimulating critical thinking and identifying fake messages.

 
A new project “Youth Voices, Youth Choices” of the Bulgarian Association for Family Planning and Sexual Health has been launched

Sofia, February 8-10, 2021

The first online meeting of the project “Youth Voices, Youth Choices” was held on February 8-10, 2021. The project "Youth Voices, Youth Choices" (2021-2023) is a 30-month international project implemented in Bulgaria by the Bulgarian Family Planning and Sexual Health Association (BFPA). Partner organizations from Albania, BiH, Kosovo and Northern Macedonia will implement similar initiatives in their countries. The project is implemented with the coordinative role of the International Planned Parenthood Federation with the support of the programme for socially responsible business of the company MSD and aims to create more accessible and youth-friendly SRH services and information, paying special attention to the most vulnerable groups.

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