Karina Sasin

Karina Sasin - 2017 Nominee
Position: Science Editor/SRHR Activist
Organization: We Want To Become PARENTS Magazine
Current Location: Sweden, Europe
Additional Degrees and Certifications:
Academy of Young Diplomats
WHO Certificate in Reproductive Health Research
The most recognizable voice of women with MRKH syndrome in Central Europe. Organized 2 international conferences for doctors and numerous peer support meetings for fellow patients. Has authored over a dozen of highly influential articles on SRHR. – Jolanta Drzewakowska, Editor in Chief at Chcemy Być Rodzicami/We want to become parents Magazine
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

According to WHO, access to proper infertility treatments are a vital part of family planning. This is the main area of sexual and reproductive health I have organized two editions of International Meeting on MRKH Syndrome which gathered more than 300 healthcare professionals wanting to improve the treatment, care and well-being of women born without a uterus (MRKH syndrome). Both previous editions were highly successful and the third meeting will be held in June 2018. I have also helped organise informational meetings between patients and leading experts in the field.
I am also a widely published science journalist covering a range of reproductive health issues as well as writing opinion pieces on ethics, conscientious objections and healthcare organization.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

I was born and raised in Poland, the country with the most restricted access to reproductive care in Europe, I have witnessed numerous tragedies caused by a lack of proper treatment and education. From young teens giving birth and students with no knowledge of contraception, to pregnant women unable to access abortion due to fetal defects, to couples struggling with infertility and unable to obtain treatment in their own country. Involvement in SRHR has been a long-term practice for me.

Give one or two examples of how you display leadership in your family planning work.:

I aim to be a leader with the values of a good military commander: to be followed by hearts and souls, not just boots. Whether encouraging my readers to speak up for themselves and fight for their rights, or organizing a conference I try to be a good role-model. My personal situation has also meant I had to fight Polish healthcare officials for my own treatment, and many have followed my path after witnessing my success. That's what matters.

If you are named a winner of 120 under 40, how will you use this new platform and the $1000 grant to advance your work? :

I would like to pursue my dream of establishing a think-tank that researches, consults and advocates within in the field of SRHR on both national and EU level. Such a platform is urgently needed to enhance and support numerous wonderful grassroots initiatives and to reach out to politicians, governors, policy-makers and public healthcare leadership. The goal is to make the Polish healthcare system similar to Swedish one, especially in SRH and accessibility.

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