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The Belarusian stakeholder panel

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Name Domain
Raissa Missura Chief paediatrician of the Stolyn regional hospital
Alexandre Kutsy Head physician at the Belaoucha village polyclinic
Anna Kutsaya Physician at the Belaoucha village polyclinic
Svetlana Sapun Physician at the Retchissa village polyclinic
Vassili Kosul Dosimetrist at the Terebejov village
Praskovja Poluloshko Dosimetrist at the Olmany village
Svetlana Pachko Dosimetrist at the Belaoucha village
Svetlana Kulik Nurse at the Terebejov kindergarten
Valentina Vaschenko Antropogammametrist at the Stolyn regional hospital
Luba Oglachevitch Director of the Olmany village kindergarten

Pinsk: the Former Franciscan
monastery along the Pina river


The Belarus Stakeholder Panel met for the first time in Pinsk at the occasion of the Second Coordination meeting of the SAGE project hosted by the Brest Branch of the Research Institute of Radiology. All members of the panel are professionals (physicians, nurses, dosimetrists and teachers) who actively participated to the ETHOS Project in the Stolyn district during the 1996-2001 period. The objective of the meeting was to present to the Panel members the SAGE project and particularly to discuss its contribution to the development of the European Handbook on “Practical Radiation Protection in case of a Nuclear Accident”.

Main entrance of the Brest Branch of the
Research Institute of Radiology in Pinsk

The Panel’s members expressed their views on several aspects they consider important to ensure the effectiveness of a system of radiation monitoring fitting the needs of the local population and professionals living in a contaminated environment. Among them, the need to have different sources of information concerning the radiological quality of foodstuffs and individuals doses (pluralism) has been particularly emphasised as a factor to enhance social trust. The importance of maintaining a full openness on the data related to individual doses has also been pointed out by the Panels members as a key factor to get the full commitment of all concerned parties, especially families, in the search for improving the radiological situation. These points were fully endorsed by Professor Vassili Nesterenko from the BELRAD Institute which is long involved in the radiation monitoring of foodstuff and individual doses of children in the contaminated territories of Belarus.

Mobile vans from BELRAD Institute with whole body counters on the way to villages in the contaminated territories of Belarus The mobile wholebody monitoring system developed by BELRAD Institute allows the measurement of several hundreds of children per day
BELRAD Institute has also developed local centers of radiological control all over the contaminated territories for the measurement of foddstuffs After each whole body measurement campain, BELRAD Institute distributes PECTIN to children to facilitate the evacuation of radionuclides

Anne Nisbet from NRPB and Jacques Lochard from CEPN presented the membership of the UK and French Stakeholder Panels as well as their programme of work for the next months. Several members of the Belarus Panel expressed their wish to establish direct contacts in the future with the Western European Panel members and to have the pleasure to welcome them in the Stolyn district. The Belarus Panel will meet twice with BB-RIR, BELRAD Institute and the Chernobyl Committee during the next 12 months to discuss the preliminary version of the European Handbook and will be invited at the 4th SAGE Coordination Meeting planned to be held again in Pinsk in Summer 2004.

Some of the Belarussian stakeholder panel members The SAGE partners
Professor Vassili Nesterenko presenting equipment for implementing operational radiation monitoring systems in contaminated territories Final picture of the meeting with the Belarussian stakeholder panel members together with the SAGE partners

Following the SAGE meeting, some of the European participants visited the Stolyn district to see the local organisation concerning the radiation monitoring of foodstuffs and of the population. They met at this occasion most of the members of the Belarussian stakeholder panel in their day-to-day works.

Vassili Kosul, dosimetrist at Terebejov, presenting the radiological situation of the village Radiological control panel, Terebejov July 2003, some averaged results: blueberries 606 Bq/Kg, cranberries 602 Bq/Kg, milk 40 Bq/L, water 14 Bq/L

The second Belarus Stakeholder panel took place in Stolyn on July 10, 2004. The whole day was devoted to a detailed review of the Handbook on practical radiation monitoring and radiation protection culture for people living in a long-term contaminated area.

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Many suggestions were proposed to improve the text with a special focus on practical advices that can be implemented day-to-day by the population to avoid contamination.

The Belarusian stakeholder panel in the courtyard of the Stolyn hospital,
after the meeting

A visit took place in Olmany after the meeting, to the different stakeholders involved in the radiation monitoring and information system implemented during the ETHOS Project (1996-2001) and still operating.

The church and presbytery of Olmany

Last update: Wednesday, September 15, 2004