And ITN with support for Stanishev’s proposals for demography and reproductive health
Sergey Stanishev and the leadership of the PG of ITN discussed today the need for a new demographic policy in our country and more measures and funds for them in Budget’2024.
The participants in the meeting commented on the need for the demographic policy to become the new national goal for Bulgaria, the need to reach a political consensus on the topic and the introduction of horizontal, comprehensive and coordinated solutions in the economy, social and regional policy, health care and education.
“We urgently need to reach a political consensus between the parties in the National Assembly and the institutions of the Republic of Bulgaria to place demography in the focus of our national efforts in the coming decades. Changing the demographic picture in our country should be our new national goal,” suggested Stanishev.
“The current measures are palliative, and the situation requires urgent horizontal decisions at the level of executive and legislative power. Their coordination by the deputy prime minister for demography in every Bulgarian government would be a clear sign of the priority role of this topic in the agenda of the government and the Bulgarian society as a whole.”
“We understand the need to reach such a consensus and we believe that demography should be a priority goal for Bulgaria. We support the political conversation on the topic and will stand behind the proposals for measures in the new budget,” commented Toshko Yordanov, chairman of the ITN parliamentary group. “Actions to resolve the demographic crisis must be synchronized with all other measures – educational, health and social. Demography should be a national policy to which all political parties are committed.”
The specific measures for reproductive health include the introduction of a National Preventive Program for women and men in the age group 18-40 years, as well as the expansion of the National Program for Maternal and Child Health at the Ministry of Health with measures for comprehensive care for the mother and the fetus in pregnant women. Thus, a range of modern research, non-invasive diagnostics and screening will be covered.
The meeting was also attended by Tsvetan Predov, member of the Committee on Labour, Social and Demographic Policy in the National Assembly, Dimitar Gurdev, International Secretary of ITN, as well as Dr. Tanya Andreeva, former Minister of Health and member of the Obstetrics and Gynecology Council of the Minister of Health and Radina Velcheva, founder of the “I Want a Baby” foundation.