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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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Six Small Projects in the Frame of LAP Supported

Sofia, October 2020

The second competition for small projects for organizations of Learning Action Partnership (LAP) took place in June and July 2020. In the defined for collecting proposals deadline five proposals were presented, among which with the help of a special selected committee, as well of organizations members of LAP, for supporting were approved three:
Project ‘ACT>Re-Act>ImpACT! – innovative approach for advocacy of HGO concerning sexual exploitation of children’ of Re-Act Association has the ambition to develop innovative business oriented approach for effective advocacy of NGO with the help of professionals in marketing sphere.
Project ‘Can You See Me? – the hidden vulnerability of children from sexual exploitation and violence’ of ‘Parents’ Association will contribute for improving and effective applying of ‘Mechanism for reaction against harassment and violence in the institutions in the system of preschool and school education’ as exploring the gaps concerning prevention and its effective applying in cases of risk and/or cases of sexual exploitation and violence against children, including online.
Project ‘Individual Protection – advocating for changes in the legislation for individual assessment of children victims of sexual exploitation’ of Social Activities and Practices Institute (SAPI) is aiming to improve the policy and the law on individual assessment of children, victims of crimes, incl. sexual exploitation within the meaning of a directive 29/2012/ЕС.

 
Two round tables at the second year end of the project “My body, my rights”

Yambol, September 24, 2020
Montana, September 28, 2020

At the end of the second year of BFPA’s project “My body, my rights”, supported by the initiative for socially responsible business “MSD for mothers”, the association organized round tables on the need and benefits of family planning with a focus on vulnerable communities in two of the project locations. During the meetings a recap of the activities up to now was made and future ones were discussed for the third year. Both events were attended by  municipal representatives, Regional health inspectorate, Regional health insurance fund, health mediators, health specialists, representatives of local NGOs, Community support centers, social workers and most importantly – members of the target communities in which activities are implemented.
A special accent was BFPA’s new short animated products - “Family planning” and “Pregnancy with a smile”. The discussion was on the activities until now and their effect on improving the level of information in the target groups, the need for such activities in general, the best working communication channels in the Roma community, the role of the self help groups and the health mediators, the difficulties caused by COVID-19 and other problems, i.e. the duplication and decentralization of social activities from different institutions. A recapitulation of what has been done until now in Montana was made by Dr. Radosveta Stamenkova, Executive Director of BFPA and Petar Tzvetanov, local Project Coordinator, and for Yambol – Tzveta Petkova, member of NNHM’s Board and Kina Asenova, local Project Coordinator.

 
My Body, My Rights: Meeting of the Teams from Montana, Sofia and Yambol

Dolna Banya, September 2-4, 2020

Meeting of the teams on the project ‘My Body, My Rights’, supported by the prohgamme for socially responsible business “MSD for Mothers” took place in Dolna Banya on September 2-4, 2020. Special guests during the event were the Executive Director of ‘St. Sofia’ First OB Hospital Dr. Gergana Kolarova and the coordinator of BFPA in Pleven Dr. Krasimir Romanov. The priceless opportunity to have a direct dialog with Dr. Kolarova was highly appreciated by the team in Sofia and gave them the possibility to adjust the field efforts and optimize the collaboration with the hospital in the field of family planning.
Topics of the discussions during the three-day meeting were: what examinations to be done during the pregnancy and what is doing the gynecologist in the different stages; what are the benefits from health insurances; how much does it cost and how to recover health insurance rights; the benefits of visualization for understanding the information. Short educational films, developed to help the work at local level, were presented.
The work during the three days with health mediators and other colleagues working on the field from Montana, Sofia and Yambol included discussing the progress currently made and future activities trill the project end.
In the crisis months from the beginning of the year two tenth graders from Yambol were close to drop out from school due to the death of their parents, but the project team supported them and the boys will finish their secondary education. Two of the girls, trained on the project this year will be studying pedagogy in Veliko Tarnovo University.

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