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Policy for protecting and supporting children, young people and vulnerable adults

Policies

Bulgarian Family Planning and Sexual Health Association (BFPA)
Policy for protecting and supporting children, young people and vulnerable adults

Values

The Bulgarian Family Planning and Sexual Health Association (BFPA) as a member of the International Planned parenthood Federation (IPPF) and of the National Network for Children (NNC) has among its core values to support, strengthen and promote the protection of children, young people and vulnerable adults.
A key element in working to safeguard the welfare of all children young people and vulnerable adults is the promotion of their rights to:
• have their health, safety and well-being, and their best interests considered at all levels of work
• have their welfare and development promoted and safeguarded so that they can achieve their full potential
• be valued, respected and understood within the context of their own culture, religion and ethnicity, and to have their needs identified and met within this context and within the context of their family wherever possible
• be listened to and to have their views given careful consideration, and to be encouraged and helped to participate in decisions which affect them.

This policy is applied in harmony with the other policies of BFPA and as integral part of the strategic plan of the organization and in the light of its mission and strategic goals - to work for the improvement of sexual and reproductive health (SRH) in Bulgaria and to create conditions for realization of the Sexual and Reproductive Rights (SRHR) of everyone.
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Policy on volunteer’s recruitment and development and on youth involvement

The Bulgarian Family Planning and Sexual Health Association (BFPA)

Policy on volunteer’s recruitment and development and on youth involvement

1. The relevance of BFPA volunteers strategy  is to create a safe environment for volunteers, empower them, and equip with responsibilities requiring to be prudent and reliable, to carry out tasks to the best of his her ability, to respect confidentiality of clients, to be loyal to the association, to accept guidance and criticism, to maintain good working relationships with other members in the team, both volunteers and staff, to be willing to learns and participate as full team member, to be accountable, transparent and available.
2. BFPA is a non-governmental organization registered in public benefit that was founded by volunteers. Volunteer is a member of the Association that offers his/her time, commitment and services to the organization free of charge.
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Policy for avoiding conflicts of interests

Bulgarian Family Planning and Sexual Health Association (BFPA)

Policy for avoiding conflicts of interests 

For members of the Board, staff and consultants of the Bulgarian Family Planning and Sexual Health Association (BFPA)

The Bulgarian Family Planning and Sexual Health Association (BFPA) is against  the existence of conflicts of interests within and concerning the activities of the Association. The present document is mandatory for all Board members, employees and consultants of the BFPA.

For the purposes of this document:

Connected person is every physical and legal entity, state authority or international organization in regards to which employees, consultants and Board members have a financial connection or are members of governing bodies, directors, employees, experts or other representatives.

Transactions with connected persons are agreements of any character (incl. employment or consultation contracts) which are concluded with connected persons and create a situation of conflict of interests.

Conflict of interests is every interest or intent of employees, consultants and Board members which contradict the interests or intents of the BFPA

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HIV/AIDS and PLHIV workplace policies

Bulgarian Family Planning and Sexual Health Association (BFPA)
HIV/AIDS and PLHIV workplace policies

Introduction

1. The Bulgarian Family Planning Association (BFPA) has elaborated and presented to the Board for approval HIV/AIDS Policies and Procedures which reflect its basic values as an organization respecting and protecting human rights. The goal of BFPA is to promote a progressive policy which supports People Living with HIV (PLHIV) as well as to ensure supportive and safe conditions for voluntary HIV counseling and testing, protecting the clients’ rights

Goal

2 (a) BFPA want its team, service providers and volunteers to be informed and educated on the subject of HIV/AIDS. The BFPA team is expected to support and promote a working environment which contributes to the principles of the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) – “Active involvement of people living with HIV/AIDS” as well as “Ensuring optimal conditions for service provision in the field of sexual and reproductive health”
   (b) BFPA, as well as IPPF, would like to ensure a supportive and caring work conditions for the staff members who are infected or affected by HIV/AIDS. BFPA’s aim is to remove the workplace stigma and discrimination, based on real or suspected HIV status or potential vulnerability towards the HIV infection.  

Scope

3. These Policies and procedures concern the team, partners and volunteers.

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Non Discrimination and Equal Opportunities Policy

The Bulgarian Family Planning and Sexual Health Association (BFPA)

Non Discrimination and Equal Opportunities Policy

Non Discrimination

1. BFPA in all its history, as member of relevant national and international networks such as IPPF, the National Network for children and the National Platform for International development supports core values, believes in social justice, and understands that a framework of non-discrimination underlies all human rights protection and promotion.
2. The framework of non-discrimination prohibits any distinction, exclusion or restriction on the basis of age; sex; sexual orientation; marital status; race; color; ethnicity; language; religion; political or other opinion; national, geographical or social origin; physical or mental disability; health status, including HIV; and civil, political, social or other status; which has the purpose or effect of impairing or nullifying the recognition, enjoyment or exercise on an equal basis with others, of all human rights and fundamental freedoms in the political, economic, social, cultural, civil or any other field.

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Bulgaria and North Macedonia together to support and develop the Health Mediators program

Blagoevgrad, October 7-9, 2019

Study visit of health mediators, NGO representatives and state institutions from the Republic of North Macedonia took place in October 7-9 in Blagoevgrad. The Bulgarian Family Planning and Sexual Health Association (BFPA) with the support of the National Network of Health Mediators (NNHM) hosted the three days visit and gave an opportunity for the representatives of HERA – Health Education and Research Association, health mediators from Skopje and Prilep and the Ministry of Health of our neighbor country to understand in details how in years was institutionalized and functions the system of health mediation in Bulgaria. Field visit to the Roma neighborhood Predel Mahala was included in the programme and the guests could see how the work of health mediators Antoaneta Eftimova and Katya Kirilova is going on everyday basis – with institutions, as well with people who need and receive their support.

 
Romeo and Juliet from Kosharnik district

Montana, September 12, 2019

The Shakespeare and Servantes tour around the Roma neighborhoods of Bulgaria went to the Kosharnik district of Montana. Talented and enthusiastic local children, selected by the Roma actress Natalia Tzekova presented fragments of the drama “Romeo and Juliet” from a newer angle and with adequate health messages. The aim of the social theatre is with the means of art to inform the public in a comprehensible manner about the harm of early marriages and early school drop outs, the benefits of contraception, the importance of prevention of sexually transmitted infections. The messages target young people as well as their parents, some of which joined the scenes to demonstrate their support for what their children are saying. With his monologue about the Roma Don Quixote Valeri Lekov, also part of the production team, explained some of the community specificities. Between the sketches there were “real life” scenes – a woman from the community visits a doctor who explains the benefits of contraception and debunks some “fake news” about contraceptive methods – all this with a lot of humour and highly appreciated by the audience.

 
BFPA kicks off a new two-year project “I Want to Know”

Sofia, August 23, 2019

With an official green light on August 23, as of Sep 1st BFPA starts activities on a new project – “I WANT TO KNOW – User friendly access to HIV and STI counseling and testing for Roma youth from vulnerable communities”, supported by ViiV Healthcare’s Positive Action Programme via CAF (Charities Aid Foundation) UK. The project’s duration is 2 years, during which BFPA will provide voluntary counseling and testing (VCT) with a focus on young Roma men (but not excluding women as well) from poor and marginalized districts through its coordinators in the five BFPA branches in Bulgaria - Pleven, Stara Zagora, Plovdiv, Russe and Sofia. Activities will begin with a kick-off meeting and VCT training for the service providers, in parallel with informing and awareness raising by elaboration of info materials, disseminated in the targeted communities by one of the closest and dearest BFPA partners – Health Mediators.

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