News from the Region

Education for the elderly

Who is to deal with the provision of education for the elderly?   This was the issue under discussion by gerontology professionals and NGO representatives at a round table on ‘New Technologies for Educating People of the “Third Age” ’…

Protection for foster families

The Investigations Committee of the Russian Federation has been protecting foster families   The ASI correspondent was told about the above from Boris Altshuler, the acting chair of the Public Chamber committee that covers social issues and demographic policy.  …

Accommodation for young people

The chair of the Russian Federation Duma (Parliament) committee that deals with civil, criminal, arbitration and procedural legislation, Pavel Krasheninnikov, told a conference on child welfare and legal protection of children that a bill concerning the provision of accommodation for…

HIV and injected drugs

Up to 59% of cases of infection by HIV are associated with injecting drugs   The committee of the Public Chamber of the Russian Federation that deals with social issues is waiting for a reply from the Ministry of Health…

Council for disabled children’s affairs

A co-ordinating council for the affairs of children with disabilities has been formed   The council has started work under the auspices of the committee of the Public Chamber of the Russian Federation that deals with social issues (the committee).…

Moldova – integrating children with learning difficulties

Interesting article on Transitions On-line about attempts in Moldova to integrate such children into mainstream schools, focussing on a boy with Down’s syndrome. http://www.tol.org/client/article/22913-moldova-opens-schools-to-the-ineducable.html?utm_source=TOL+mailing+list&utm_campaign=64c3757198-TOL_newsletter-1_3_2012&utm_medium=email

What is Russia like for older people?

Survey by Age UK.  See http://www.ageuk.org.uk/about-us/international/what-is-russia-like-for-older-people/?landing=true. 26 December 2011 marks the 20th anniversary of the formation of the Russian Federation, following the dissolution of the Soviet Union. However, the transition to a free market economy has not guaranteed a better…

Putin wants zero foreign adoptions

‘The government is minded to facilitate family placements for children. We have a growing number of families that are taking children on…the number of institutions in which they are being brought up is decreasing’, declared the prime minister of the…

New website on motor neurone disease

People suffering from the rare and incurable Motor Neurone Disease (MND) will be able to consult Russian specialists on new website http://mndfund.ru/. In Russia, even now there are no specialist medical institutions that provide hospital care to people with MND.…

Foster children subject to violence

In the last two years 100 children in foster families have been subjected to violence. Also during this time 8,000 contracts placing orphaned children with Russian families were terminated on the initiative of the Prosecutor General. The head of the…