Helle Karro, Kai Part and Made Laanpere were awarded with state decorations
Before the anniversary of the Republic of Estonia, President Kersti Kaljulaid will award decorations to 112 people, whose commitment to their profession, work or community has made life in Estonia better.
From the Faculty of Medicine three people were awarded:
Helle Karro is awarded the Order of the Estonian Red Cross, 2nd class
Helle Karro is a doctor of medicine and since 2007, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. She is highly valued as a gynaecologist and professor both in Estonia and abroad. Since 1999, she has been the Head of the Women’s Clinic of Tartu University Hospital.
Helle Karro’s main fields of research are perinatal and reproductive epidemiology, sexual and reproductive health and behaviour (incl. among adolescents), sexuality education and services, fertility/infertility and endometriosis, sexual violence and fear of childbirth. Definitely noteworthy is her ongoing research on women’s infertility. Karro has also conducted research on sexual behaviour among women in Estonia.
Helle Karro has 150 publications. Ten doctoral dissertations have been defended under her supervision and six more will be completed soon. In 2003 the Minister of Foreign Affairs gave her a letter of appreciation for her work as an expert of the World Health Organization.
Kai Part is awarded the Order of the Estonian Red Cross, 4th class
Kai Part is a gynaecologist at Tartu Sexual Health Clinic and at the Women’s Clinic of Tartu University Hospital, and a Lecturer in Obstetrics and Gynaecology of the Institute of Clinical Medicine, University of Tartu. She has published 58 scientific articles. Kai Part studies the factors influencing adolescents’ sexual health and behaviour. Her research interests include school-based sexuality education, incl. teenage pregnancies, contraceptive prevalence rate and counselling among young people, role of youth counselling centres, cost-efficiency and barriers of school-based sexuality education, and violence and sexual violence. She is a member of the Estonian Gynaecologists’ Society and Estonian Sexual Health Association, and a member of the WHO expert group on sexuality education. The personal, social and health education textbook for Year 8 by Kai Part won the special prize among the best textbooks in Europe for treatment of social and ethical topics.
Made Laanpere is awarded the Order of the Estonian Red Cross, 4th class
Made Laanpere is a gynaecologist at Tartu Sexual Health Clinic and at the Women’s Clinic of Tartu University Hospital and a Lecturer in Obstetrics and Gynaecology of the Institute of Clinical Medicine, University of Tartu. She has published 39 scientific articles. Laanpere’s main field of research is the analysis of factors influencing women’s sexual health and behaviour. Her research topics include contraceptive use and counselling, unplanned pregnancy and termination of pregnancy, violence and sexual violence. Made Laanpere is the president of the Estonian Gynaecologists’ Society. She has worked as the representative of Estonia in the European Board and College of the Obstetrics and Gynaecology.