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Together with the Roma medical students at the 89th primary school in Sofia’s Drujba district

Class photo 1 Class photoSofia,  May 11 2015

We share the event through the eyes of Dr. Radosveta Stamenkova: “The district of Drujba is far from being elite one, and so the 89th primary school does not fall into the category of the “elite” schools. They call it – you guessed it – “the Roma school”. Roma medical students had a chat with the Roma students of the school – 5th to 8th grade - on relevant topics – what their dreams are, where they would like to continue their education, what is their most wanted professional realization. Despite the school being in the capital of Bulgaria, as well as in distant rural areas, there are a lotClass photo 2 of cases of early school dropouts, early marriages and therefore lack of opportunities for further development. After the children spoke, the medical students told their personal stories. Without exaggeration and omitting the truth – “as is”, both charged and charging emotionally. “If they tell you that you are good for nothing, don’t believe them”, “At the university you’ll meet interesting people, just keep studying”, “You can do it, be persistent – if you want to become a good football player, you have to train daily, even in rainy weather. The same is with school”, “Learning new things continues throughout your life, whether you want to be a doctor, a programmer or a master chef” are just a part of the messages the children received from us. If we were able to influence the perceptions even of just one of them, we have achieved our goal…. A huge “Thank you” to all colleagues. Personally, Zlaty managed made me cry (after she began crying herself)….. and we finished the event with the film “We are not an exception” .

 

Report Card 2015 presented by the National Network for Children shows poor progress in child policies – marked “3.20”

NNCSofia, April 15 2015

For a fourth year the National Network for Children (NNC) presents its “Report Card 2015: What is the Government’s average grade for child-related policies and actions”. The goal of the document is a review of the government’s progress in fulfilling the commitments it has taken. On April 14th the Grade book was presented to minister Kalfin and other government officials at the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy. The “Healthcare” section of the Report card was presented by BFPA’s Executive Director. On April 15th the Report Card was presented in the Museum of Sofia to media and civil society representatives. The “Healthcare” group discussion was moderated by BFPA’s Programme Manager, with which for a fourth year we demonstrated our empathy and support for the creation and the presenting of the Report Card.
218 children and adolescents had the opportunity to express their point of view about the of the commitments and recommendations in the document. They took part in four focus groups and completed an online survey. This way their opinion and the grades they put became a part of the Report Card, which for a second year gives them an opportunity their voice to be heard.
The grades for 2015 are as follows:

 General principles of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child 3.06
 Family environment and alternative care 2.61
 Healthcare 3.31
 Education 3.62
 Justice 3.30
 Overall grade 3.20

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Launch of Barometer 2015, the new IPPF EN report on EU contraceptive access: “Gaps are unacceptable” say MEPs

CoverBrussels,  March 24 2015

A new ‘Barometer’ report launched by IPPF EN on 24 March analyses how easily women in 16 EU countries can access modern contraceptives. The EU countries covered by the report are: Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, The Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Spain, and Sweden. Information on participating national partners can be found in the report. BFPA is the Bulgarian partner. The Barometer reveals that overall the situation in most countries has stagnated or worsened in recent years. IPPF EN calls on decision-makers at all levels to implement a comprehensive approach to contraceptive choice in Europe as a crucial precondition to ensuring the wellbeing of women and adolescent girls.
The report’s findings are based on information about the national policy landscapes provided by national experts in each of the 16 countries, using a series of policy benchmarks that are key to ensuring access to modern contraceptives. The information was collected, analysed and reviewed between May and November 2014. The Barometer highlights that women’s access to modern contraceptives varies significantly from one EU country to the next. Encouraging developments include some limited examples of improved sexuality education policies, more generous reimbursement schemes for contraceptives in France and improved medical guidelines on contraceptive service delivery in Poland and Sweden. But overall, these are overshadowed by growing obstacles to women getting the contraception they need. Access in countries such as The Netherlands that have a relatively strong track record is under threat from austerity measures and financial constraints. Meanwhile, in several countries where access is already more problematic, political and economic instability and lack of funding have prevented progress.

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Growing BRICS cooperation on Population including Sexual and Reproductive Health

ConferenceBrazilia,  February 16 2015

Government Ministers, officials and experts responsible for population matters from the Federal Republic of Brazil, the Russian Federation, Republic of India,  People’s Republic of China, and Republic of South Africa  came together to  discuss policies, collaboration, shared opportunities and challenges related to population in Brasilia this week.
The First BRICS Meeting of Ministers Responsible for Population Matters and the Second BRICS Seminar of Officials and Experts on Population Matters conference was hosted by the Ministry of Strategic Affairs of the Brazilian government from 10-13 February 2015.
Government ministers and experts focused on maternal mortality, ageing, HIV and sexually transmitted diseases, gender and labour force participation, gender equality and the care burden. This came in the context of the twenty year review of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD), and negotiations on the post-2015 sustainable development framework.

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Annual meeting of the Y-SAFE youth network

Group photoMaya KumanovaBrussels, February 5-8 2015

Between Feb 5-8 was held the annual meeting of YSAFE, the European Youth Network of IPPF. The topic of this year’s meeting was Sustainable Development and Sexual and reproductive Health and Rights. The training was focused at helping the participants to understand what sustainable development is and how to apply it to their work as peer educators and sexual and reproductive rights advocates. This meeting was special because for the first time we had the chance to combine the event wit a month-long online education, which took place on the free online platform Schoology (https://www.schoology.com)

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How to implement successfully a campaign and how to advocate and influence

OAK LogoSofia, January 19-23 2014 

Five-day training of Sheila Mckechnie Foundation in partnership with OAK Foundation took place in Sofia from 19 to 23 January 2015 for the organizations that are OAK grantees. Representatives of nongovernmental organizations from Bulgaria, Latvia, Romania, Moldova, Poland and Bosnia and Herzegovina took part in the intensive week of work.

 

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With Russian support, UNFPA assists Belarus in developing new population policy

UNFPA Regional Director Heimo Laakkonen (left) and Russian Ambassador Alexander Surikov sign an agreement on providing assistance to Belarus in improving population policies, Minsk, 3 December 2014.Minsk,  December 29 2014

The Director of UNFPA’s Regional Office for Eastern Europe and Central Asia, Heimo Laakkonen, and the Ambassador of the Russian Federation to Belarus, Alexander Surikov, signed an agreement on 3 December 2014 on providing assistance to the Belarusian authorities in implementing the country’s national demographic security programme.

“We aim to strengthen the authorities’ capacity to develop and implement population policies and progammes, thereby contributing to socioeconomic development and improving the quality of life in Belarus,” Laakkonen said.
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Social and health messages in Roma neighbourhoods through theatre

Sofia, July 31, 2019

On the last day of July the Roma neighbourhood Fakulteta in Sofia was visited by William Shakespeare and Miguel de Servantes. We started with the best – Romeo and Juliet and Don Quixote. The Roma actress Natalia Tzekova staged a funny and educational performance with the participation of talented children and youth from the neighborhood in which the art was intertwined with social and health related messages. Romeo and Juliet demonstrated the benefits of family planning, contraception and health education and spoke in verse about the harm of school dropout, early marriages and children having children. The participants performed short sketches which contained the same messages, debunked myths and demonstrated how powerful personal example is. Don Quixote explained some of the community specificities which started a short discussion on stage who should take example from whom about health and health prevention. In between sketches and play scenes the participants shared their own personal stories about health and family planning. At the end of the play as a recap of what was presented they raised a few banners with messages on the same topic”: “I have dreams and goals”, “I am not an incubator for babies”, “Ask – someone will tell you”. The audience appreciated the messages and the element of humor in the sketches and play scenes.

 
The alumni of the first Health Education Academy graduated successfully

Sofia, June 17, 2019

Monday, June 17th. Our first alumni class of the Sofia Health Education Academy demonstrated their skills and knowledge in front of classmates, teachers, school directors, school psychologists, parents and supporting institutions. The solemn event took place in the Events Hall at 1st High school, Sofia. The young people from 1st, 144th, 119th schools, 1st ELS and the Professional School of Textile and Fashion Design split into three teams after “drawing straws” and presented the topics “Transformations During Puberty”, “Contraception and STIs” and “Prevention of addictions”. We are very glad that our video on puberty was part of the “fun”. Otherwise the presentations pushed the audience to participate actively. The culmination was a surprise for all – we were visited by the TV show “Masters of the air” who enhanced the effect of the challenge.

 
BFPA gathered the teams from Sofia, Yambol and Montana on a work meeting

Varshetz, May 10-12, 2019

From May 10th trough 12th in Varshetz, BFPA held a working meeting under the “My Body, my rights” project, funded as a part of the global “MSD for Mothers” programme. Hosts and speakers at the meeting were Dr. Radosveta Stamenkova, Ventzislav Kirkov and Boyan Mladenov form the BFPA team in Sofia, and the participants were the local project coordinators, health mediators and social workers from the project locations: Yambol – the villages of Kukorevo, Hadjidimitrovo, Veselinovo and Zavoy; Montana – Ogosta and Kosharnik districts; Sofia –Fakulteta and Filipovci districts. During the working meeting were discussed theoretical and real practice cases from field work with representatives of marginalized groups on topics like hygiene, health messages and campaigns, STI prevention, family planning and contraception. The people working in the project locations shared their experience from this and preceding projects about field work with marginalized groups, they discussed what are the challenges and the most successful approaches for achieving the best results. Peter Tzvetanov, coordinator of project activities in Montana, presented a memorable educational session on self-help groups and his colleagues from Montana and Yambol re-enacted some interesting practical cases. Their colleagues from Sofia put up for discussion theoretical situations that may arise during work.

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