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BFPA takes active part in the Fifth National Conference on Global Education, organized by BPID

ConferenceSofia, January 14-15 2017

More than 80 teachers, school principals, representatives of NGOs and government institutions  gathered to share experience, knowledge and good practices at the Bulgarian Red Cross Building in Sofia on Jan 14 and 15 as part of the Fifth annual national conference on global education, organized by the Bulgarian Platform for International Development (BPID).
The participant heard welcoming addresses from Yurii Shterk, Director of the UN and development cooperation at the MFA, Mihail Okoliiski, representative of WHO in Bulgaria, Kosta Kostov, chief expert at the at the “Qualification and career development” at the MoE and also chairman of the working group that developed the Governmental Educational Standard on civic, intercultural, health and ecological education, and Ventzislav Kirkov, Chairman of the Board of BPID and Program Manager at BFPA.

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Fifth “Valia Krushkina – Journalizm for the people” Media awards

AwardsSofia, December 15 2016

On Dec 15 2016 at an official ceremony at the “Slaveikov” hall of the French Cultural Institute the Fifth Valia Krushkina – Journalizm for the people” Media awards were given. Eight journalists received the prizes in separate categories of the competition, and 13 more were distinguished for their nomination in the final three competitors.
BFPA supports the competition and also the campaign “Journalists in School” from their beginning. This year there were 59 nominations with more than 130 articles and videos. The nominations were evaluated by a 12-member jury. Besides giving out awards in separate categories, this year the jury awarded a Grand prize “Valia Krushkina – Journalizm for the people”.

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Tenth National meeting of the NNHM

NNHM teamSofia, December 7-8 2016

On Dec 7 and 8 in Sofia the Tenth National meeting of the National Network of Health Mediators (NNHM) took place. More than 150 people gathered and discussed successes, difficulties and development perspectives of the Network. A strategic plan of the organization for 2016-2020 was adopted. BFPA and NNHM are key partners in field work projects like “Mission possible” as well as in improving the access of vulnerable groups to health services and modern contraception.
The next day NNHM representatives and also Dr Rada Stamenkova and Venci Kirkov from the BFPA team attended a Health Commission Round table at the Parliament.

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Reverse your vision!

Photo vs originalPleven, December 2, 2016

On December 2 2016 the graduates from the Medical University (MU) in Pleven received their diplomas at a special ceremony. Part of the events in connection with the ceremony were the premiere of the short film “Reverse your vision” and presenting photos from the exhibition under the same name. The event was attended by the Mayor of Pleven Georg Spartanski, who delivered an emotional welcoming speech, representatives of the media, mentors and other university professors, students. The reason for holding the event was the successful graduation of six young Roma medical doctors. 
The bottom line: This year six young medical doctors form the Roma community graduated at the MU-Pleven, as one of them is third in her class and is already specializing in a leading cardiology clinic in Sofia. One young Roma doctor graduated in Varna, another one – in Sofia. Next year and the one after that a new cohort of young Roma doctors will be graduating in Sofia.

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Global Symposium Reveals New Possibility For Positive Change Through Social Connectedness

Group photoMontreal, October 25-27 2016

Over a hundred leading thinkers, activists and community leaders among which Tim Shriver, chair of Special Olympics and NBA super star Dikembe Mutongo gathered from over 23 countries at McGill University on October 25-27, 2016 to further develop a shared perspective on the importance of social connectedness in community-driven change and development. 
From remote regions of Nunavut, to the Masaai homelands, to urban centers across North America and Europe, participants came together in a remarkable opportunity to build understanding and build community.  Through a dynamic facilitated process, every participant joined as both teacher and learner and had the opportunity to share insights, experience and strategies. Bulgaria and Central and Eastern Europe was represented by BFPA Executive Director, Dr. Radosveta Stamenkova.

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LoveGuide’s debut in YouTube

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Sofia, October 2016

The platform LoveGuide , the launch of which was noted by us here, had its tebut  in YouTube with e teaser and later with mini-monologue about  …. The First time. The creative team has the ambition every week to upload one short video – there are some elaborated on topics as wet dreams, orgasm, attraction – we expect recordings on everything we don’t know yet or are too ashamed to ask about. Information is comprehensive, youth friendly, concise and clear but not at all dry, boring or instructive. The topics include puberty, growing up, sexuality, love, STI’s, unwanted pregnancy prevention, prevention of violence – topics, on which every young person should be informed. And this way LoveGuide can reach a wider audience with useful information. Watch and share yourselves!

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Health and sexuality education for young people against early marriages, gender stereotypes and abuse

ParticipantsSofia, October 1-2 2016

On October 1st and 2nd young representatives of 7 NGOs from all over Bulgaria participated in a seminar organized by the Bulgarian Fund for Women (BFW) with the support of TELUS and BFPA's Executive Director Dr. Radosveta Stamenkova as a trainer. The main topics that were presented and discussed during the two days were: sexual and reproductive health and rights, health and sexuality education, contraception, gender, prevention of trafficking of human beings, prevention of early school dropouts and early marriages. This is also the beginning of a collaboration between BFW and BFPA in a campaign of the Fund, the seven participating NGOs and their Youth Equality Clubs. The campaign is about prevention of early marriages and early school dropouts and is yet to gain popularity.

 


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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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