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World’s Population Day: Let’s Give a Chance to More Women and Girls to Plan Their Future

Campaign logoFocus groupLondon, July 11, 2017

Young people from five cities in Bulgaria were included in the global campaign for equal access of all girls and women to health care, contraception and services, connected with family planning. The Bulgarian Family Planning and Sexual Health Association (BFPA) is supporting the efforts of the global initiative #IDecide #АЗрешавам, organizing and implementing focus groups with young people from different schools in the country. The aim of each group was to formulate three main key messages to be printed as ‘fortune slips’ and to disseminate them in cafes chosen by the young people. In the frame of the calendar year Sofia, Plovdiv, Stara Zagora, Pleven and Ruse – places where BFPA has its branches – will inform citizens or guests in this untraditional way about the importance of the goals the campaign has.

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BFPA participated in the Annual Meeting of NNC

Group photoPlovdiv, June 22-25, 2017

Representatives from the Bulgarian Family Planning and Sexual Health Association (BFPA) took part in the Annual Meeting of the National Network for Children (NNC), which took place near Plovdiv 22 – 25 June 2017. An accent of the event was the General Assembly, during which new members of Board and Control Panel were chosen. Georgi Apostolov from Applied Research and Communication Foundation was chosen to be chairman of the Board to succeed the former one – Vessela Banova from Child and Space foundation. Around 200 people participated in the various working meetings of the Regional Councils, working groups by topics and exhibitions of organizations. All the participants contributed in a brainstorming using the method World’s café looking for future possibilities and activities for a successful functioning of the House of Children which is to be built in Sofia.

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NNC presented Report Card 2017

Prof. TurnevSofia, May 18 2017

‘The percentage of births with malformations among women without health insurance is much higher’, shared prof. Ivaylo Turnev from National Network of Health Mediators, who presented the ‘Healthcare’ section from this year’s issue of ‘Report Card: What is the average government score in childcare?’of National Network for Children (NNC). As a whole the sections ‘Healthcare (3.64) and ‘Education’(3.44) have made some progress compared to the previous years. Building of comprehensive services children hospital and enlarging the scope of screening research programmes for newborn are among the priorities still to be implemented.
Besides Sofia, the Report Card was promoted at 18 May 2017 in Varna, Silistra, Ruse, Vratza, Kjustendil, Plovdiv, Kardjali and Burgas. The Ombudsman Maya Manolova participated at the event in Sofia and supported in her speech the efforts of NGOs working for the benefit of children in Bulgaria.

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Roma medical students and their mentors received well deserved recognition

MentorsSofia, April 7 2017

On April 7th, World Health Day, and on the eve of April 8th – International Day for remembering Roma Holocaust victims, the health minister organized an official meeting at the Council of Ministers’ Granite hall in which participated Roma medical students, young graduated doctors and their mentors, health mediators who study in different universities as well as organizations who support various educational initiatives. The distinguished achievers received honorary diplomas and had the chance to share their thoughts and emotions.

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New members to the health mediators’ family

GraduatesSofia, March 20 – April 2 2017

On April 2 the health mediators - class of 2017, received their certificates at the “Tzaritza Ioanna” hospital. The new 38 mediators, literally from all over the country, will join the big family of health mediators in Bulgaria. With them the number of working mediators will be 215 in 113 municipalities, and major part of them are municipality civil servants. The rest are employed with the same job description as their municipality colleagues, but as part of different projects such as “Together for better health” of the National Network of Health Mediators (NNHM), funded by Glaxo Smithkline, the Health and Education for Everyone (HEE) Programme by the Swiss Government, the program in Sliven of Medicins du Monde.

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Interest on the ‘Mission Possible’ project of BFPA and NNHM

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BFPA team Sofia, March 17 2017

On March 17th 2017 the Ministry of Health organized a conference giving space to municipalities, organizations and hospitals working on BG07 Programme ‘Initiative for Public Health’, financed by Norway Financial Mechanism to share experiences on project work. Results from activities and challenges during the realization of the project ‘Mission Possible’, implemented in partnership with the National Network of Health Mediators (NNHM), were presented by a team of the Bulgarian Family Planning and Sexual Health Association (BFPA).

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Slavery is not modern

Campaign logoCampaign of the British Embassy, supported by BFPA

Sofia, February 22-23 2017

On  February 22 and 23 the British Ambassador Emma Hopkins and Janet Amir, regional manager of National Crime Agency, are hosting a two-day regional workshop in Sofia dedicated to tackling #ModernSlavery. Ambassador Hopkins said: "I am proud and excited to host this UK-led workshop. We are working with NCA and our regional partners to increase intelligence capability across the region and to defeat this despicable crime together."

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‘My Body, My Rights’ – Successes and Challenges

Health mediators from Montana, Bulgaria, and their work in state of emergency
Montana, March-May 2020

Peter Cvetanov, Sonya Rumenova and Valya Alexandrova are health mediators in Montana Municipality. The three of them as a team are implementing activities part of the project of Bulgarian Family Planning and Sexual Health Association (BFPA) – ‘My Body, My Rights’ (2018–2021). In addition to their municipality, pilot work is being done in two other locations in Bulgaria: Yambol and Sofia. The project is implemented in partnership with organizations from Serbia and Romania, with the coordinating role of International Planned Parenthood Federation and is supported by the programme for social responsible business of the company MSD via their campaign ‘MSD for Mothers’. Main goal of the initiative is to improve the conditions for ensuring quality of family planning services for vulnerable communities and to build capacity and civil responsibility within the communities.
Sonya in a health mediator from 2013. She graduated economics, married with two children: a boy and a girl: ‘Several years ago Roma women from the neighborhood didn’t see doctors for prophylactics. Part of them were not insured, others simply were living with their prejudices and fears. We had two obstetrics-gynecologists as part of the Bulgarian-swiss cooperation program ZOV. They were visiting the health center in the neighborhood according to schedule. Then we decided to form local women’s group for self support, where initially timidly, but afterwards more confidently we started talking about examinations, contraception, family planning, prevention of sexually transmitted infections... The women from the group started little by little to shake off their fears.’ They just made progress and the activities on project ended. Only  mediators remained in the health center. And then for them new opportunity arose via the project ‘My Body, My Rights’. ‘It gave us the opportunity to continue just on time. The group for self support is developing; the health center in the neighborhood is alive again.’ Sonya succeeded to motivate a poor mother of nine children for IUD insertion. Before that she tried many times, but without any success. ‘I think that she was mostly afraid of being damaged by IUD. Now I know for sure that my long-term working with this woman was not in vain.”

 
Learning Action Partnership: Efforts for Guaranteed Sustainability

Sofia, February 12, 2020

The first for 2020 meeting of the Learning Action Partnership took place in Sofia on February 12, 2020. The agenda included review of activities done on project up to the moment, fixing of concrete future activities and defining small working groups for the different strategic directions.
Representatives of organizations and institutions who participated shared their working plans and the possibility of inclusion of other LAP members in joint activities. Part of the feedback was connected with the increase of fake news, including on priorities of the Partnership. The atmosphere of the event was businesslike, but with extremely well expressed solidarity and good collaboration feeling. In the debates during the meeting important actual topics were covered, such as increasing media and digital literacy of children and challenges, which we are meeting in our work with teachers with long practice on certain age and with burnout. Forming network of children and young people with innovative model of managing was discussed, which will aim decreasing the aggression of children under residential care. How to focus our work so that the efforts put to have guaranteed sustainability; science and research approach and regional and national level partnerships; the need to work together to change the environment – were among topics discussed during the event.

 
Most significant change: Documenting stories

Dolna Banya, January 24-26, 2020

On January 26-28 BFPA organized a meeting of the teams working on the project „My body, my rights” from Sofia, Yambol and Montana. Representatives of the three locations shared their experiences from the implemented field activities. We discussed problems which health mediators, self-help group members and their partners face and paid special attention on possible ways and strategies for solving. Participants put accent on good practices that had been identified up to the moment. It was the perfect time to watch and discuss several videos, showing the fieldwork as well as image “memes” with messages, which show benefits of family planning.
Participants gave feedback also for the freshly prepared Manual for self-support groups and for the Health application for mobile devices, which will be useful in the future work on the project and after its ending. Divided into groups by locations the participants from Sofia, Yambol and Montana worked on possible ways of documenting stories for the most significant change of people’s lives as result of the work of project teams and health specialists.

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