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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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Overcoming Isolation and Deepening Social Connectedness

LogoSofia,  December 23 2014 

Overcoming Isolation and Deepening Social Connectedness 

#sconnectedness

Dear colleagues, partners and friends,
We decided to end the working 2014 and to meet the coming 2015 with sharing this 8-minute long overview video of the Symposium on Overcoming Isolation and Deepening Social Connectedness, held in Toronto, Canada in the beginning of October 2014. In the video you can see the inspiring words of different world changers – bridging leaders and activists from all over the world that do their best to make a difference. BFPA Executive Director Dr. Radosveta Stamenkova is one of the speakers. Listen to her and Synergos Chair Peggy Dulany, Kim Samuel - Chair of Samuel Foundation, the President of Special Olympics Tim Shriver and many other interesting and remarkable people. To overcome isolation is a collective work and every one of us can make steps and be part of the Progress. Have a great new year!

 


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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.

 
Second training of the peer educators from Sofia Academy for health education

Petrohan, April 12-14, 2019

In the three days between April 12 and 14 took place the second module of the preparation of peer educators from the Health and Sexuality Education Youth Academy, realized with the support of the PIST directorate of Sofia Municipality. The focus of the second stage of education was upon elaboration of communication skills, teambuilding and team work, acquiring of knowledge about the prevention of trafficking of human beings, knowledge of hygiene as a starting point to peer education, adopting healthy eating habits and preventing eating disorders, work with vulnerable groups. In addition to health knowledge, the future peer educators acquired also social and personal ones – how to define one’s personal space – useful when working with young people with disabilities, and how to plan their own free time.

 
The health mediators from Montana, Zaichar and Pirot share their experience

Zaechar – Pirot, March 20-21, 2019 

On March 20th and 21st 2019 the health mediators from Montana participated in working meetings with their colleagues in Zaichar and Pirot. The meetings are organized by BFPA and  take place within the final phase of the ZOV (HEA) programme (Health and Education for All), supported by the Bulgarian – Swiss Cooperation Programme. Besides the members of the National Network of Health Mediators (NNHM) from Montana, in the study trip were included health specialists working with vulnerable communities in the field, representatives of the Regional Health Inspectorate and of the local municipality. Their colleagues were expecting them in Serbia: representatives of local authorities, local NGOs in Zaichar and Pirot, health specialists, volunteers from the vulnerable local communities.
The key topics on which Bulgarian and Serbian colleagues worked together were exchange of ideas, presenting good practices related to improving the access to health services, education and social services for marginalized groups. The health mediators from Montana were selected to share their experience due to the good results they achieved in their work on the ZOV Programme.

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