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The training of 59 new health mediators from the class of 2021 has started

Online classSofia, April 12, 2021

On April 12, 2021, the school year was opened for new health mediators from all over the country. The training is organized for the tenth consecutive year by the National Network of Health Mediators (NNHM) and the Faculty of Public Health (FPH) at the Medical University of Sofia. This year's course numbers 59 candidates for health mediators, who, after successfully passing an exam in May, will start working in 47 municipalities across the country. BFPA experts have been an important part of the training team of mediators since the very beginning of the program.
For the second consecutive school year, we face the challenge of teaching online, amidst the ongoing epidemic of Corona virus. At this time, the need for trained health mediators to help implement state and municipal public health policies is greater than ever. Over the past year, health mediators have been among the professionals working on the front lines and helping people from vulnerable communities by explaining, informing, reassuring, supporting the poorest families by providing them with donations for food and basic necessities - this work continues and now.

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Early child development - a priority in the work of the National Network of Health Mediators (NMHM) for the next two years

NNHM logoCampaign logoSofia, March 9, 2021

On March 9, 2021, took place the first national forum “Gaps in Early Childhood Development Policies. Possible Solutions”, in which 4 national campaigns aimed at changing early childhood development policies were presented. One of the campaigns is the draft "Ordinance 26 in action - for more healthy babies and happy mothers". In drafting  it the National Network of Health Mediators (NMHM) cooperates with the Club of Non-Governmental Organizations - Targovishte, Association LARGO - Kyustendil and Association "Thirst for Life" - Sliven. The aim of the advocacy initiative is to achieve equal and effective access of pregnant women with no health insurance to health care - adequate follow-up of their pregnancies. At present, according to the current Ordinance №26 of 14.06.2007 of the Ministry of Health for providing obstetric care to uninsured women and for conducting lab testing outside the scope of compulsory health insurance for children and pregnant women, the uninsured pregnant woman is entitled to one a single examination with accompanying lab tests for the entire period of pregnancy. This single examination cannot guarantee the birth of a healthy baby, as it is not possible to prevent the various risks to the mother and child in the prenatal period. It is important for the problem to receive support from specialists, institutions, partners, but also from the general public. The communication component among the activities led by the NMHM will be aimed at this.

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The National Network for Children launches the "Together for Children" movement

CampaignBulgaria, February 24, 2021

When you are little, it is important to have an adult on your side, because children are highly vulnerable and need protection. That is why it is necessary for each of us to stand behind the cause of our children to have a happy childhood.
The National Network for Children (NNC) has launched the Together for Children movement, which calls upon the whole society for responsible parenting and civic activism on children's issues. On the occasion of the upcoming March celebrations, special free bracelets will be disseminated among friends and partners in the country, made with a lot of love - as a symbol of care for children in Bulgaria.
Maybe someone will connect it with the traditional red thread against jinxing, and others with the Martenitsa, which we tie as a wish for health and luck on the wrists of our children, relatives and friends.

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Ambassador for a Day 2021 Campaign has begun

Event promoSofia, January 5, 2021

Ambassador for a Day 2021 has begun! For the fourth consecutive year, this competition will give girls across Bulgaria, аged 14-18, the chance to experience what it is like to be an ‘Ambassador for a Day’.
This year, the theme is ‘Resilience, Recovery & Rebuilding’ and, in order to participate, girls need to submit their essay by 21 January 2021.

To enter the competition, girls have to submit essay and fill out application form in Bulgarian or English: www.ambassadorforaday.com
The Ambassador for a Day Campaign is a leading event of the British embassy in Sofia. Started in 2018 with the idea to celebrate International Women’s day with a positive action, the initiative became one of the mostly recognized and widely supported campaigns. The concept is developing through the years. In its essence Ambassador for a Day is a national essay contest for girls in the age group 14-18 (8th to 11th grade).

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Start of a national campaign "Trafficking pregnant women to sell their newborns is a crime!"

Video thumbnailBulgaria, November 16, 2020

The National Commission for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings and the 10 Local Commissions in the country have launched a campaign to prevent trafficking in pregnant women in order to sell their newborn children. The campaign is run under the title "Trafficking pregnant women to sell their newborns is a crime!" and is implemented on the initiative and project of the Local Commission for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings in Burgas, Association "Equilibrium" and the Municipality of Burgas.
Unfortunately, this form of trafficking is specific to the Bulgarian context, and according to the official data of the Prosecutor's Office of the Republic of Bulgaria, involvement in this type of trafficking is a very common form of crime in our country. The sale of babies from poor and especially socially isolated communities in Bulgaria is an increasingly used criminal way to tackle poverty. Through well-organized criminal groups and manipulators, young girls and women, mostly living in extreme poverty and illiteracy, give birth and sell their newborn children abroad.

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The Valya Krushkina - Journalism for the people Awards 2020 was presented for the ninth time

WinnersSofia, December 18, 2020
 
As always, in December it is time for the winners of the "Valya Krushkina - Journalism for the people" competition to be awarded. BFPA has supported the initiative since its inception. This has been happening for nine consecutive years, but for the first time not live - the Covid pandemic affected this significant event for the media and public environment. There are 4 categories - electronic media, writing journalist, filming journalist and journalist-hope. In addition, there is The Big Prize. The jury consists of seven members, all well-known names from various leading media in Bulgaria. The winners were chosen from 106 submitted materials. We all hope that next year the tenth anniversary edition of the competition will be live, and that we will put an end to the pandemic. For the first time we will mention who supported the event for the modest prize fund with the clear awareness that in these conditions there are not doing it for strong publicity, but only to support the cause - Bulgarian Society for Public Relations (BDVO), L'Occitane en Provence and Salon Olfactive.
Indeed, this year the competition faced a number of challenges due to the epidemic situation in the country, which was the reason for the official award ceremony to be canceled. However, this did not prevent nominations and winners from being announced, albeit in a slightly more unconventional format. All nominated materials were sent to the seven-member jury. These are journalists with proven experience and reputation in the field, namely:
1. Maria Cherneva, BNT
2. Rosen Tsvetkov, bTV
3. Silvia Velikova, BNR
4. Nikolina Dimitrova, Bulgaria ON AIR
5. Vladimir Yonchev, OFF News
6. Stoyana Georgieva, Mediapool
7. Petyo Tsekov, Sega newspaper

They gave their assessments and chose the journalistic materials that this year deserves to be awarded with the emblematic statuette - a glass Pear - a symbol of the awards, as well as to receive a diploma. Here are the winners by category:
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Support the health mediators in the special edition of The Change 2020

PosterSofia, November 1, 2020

From November 1 onward everyone can support the Association "National Network of Health Mediators" (NNHM) and make them stronger in their activities.
Support the NNHM project in the special edition of “The Change”. This is the largest socially responsible initiative of Reach for Change Bulgaria in partnership with Nova Broadcasting Group. In 2020, the competition is dedicated to the children most severely affected by COVID-19 with the financial support of ING, Aurubis Bulgaria and NN Bulgaria.
In the context of the Corona virus pandemic, health mediators are at the forefront of their communities to inform, support and assist them. In this situation, young people are among the most severely affected. They limit their social contacts and face-to-face education in schools. Many of them wonder why there is a need for emergency epidemic measures and restrictions against something they do not recognize as a real threat.

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Autumn fragments from BFPA’s Work

October – November 2021

BFPA launched another short animation ‘What are the Ways of Infections’ on its project ‘My Body, My Rights’ on October 1, 2021. The video gives an idea on the main ways of infecting the human body, on the work of the immune system and on the factors of which its proper functioning depends.
On process of working on the same project but this time in November, are another two films – a short animation on the methods of hormonal contraception; and one documentary on the benefits and challenges on the activities in the three projects locations: Sofia, Yambol and Montana with special focus on the work of field self-help groups. Both products will be finalized by the end of this year.

 
BFPA volunteer awarded in an international competition for social and youth cinema

Berlin, October 17, 2021

The volunteer of the Bulgarian Family Planning and Sexual Health Association Viktoria Nikolova returned on October 17, 2021 after participating in a youth exchange in Berlin. Her visit there is part of her award for participation in the international competition Youth.DanubeSalon - Shoot By Youth for social and youth cinema. A seven-member jury with representatives from Austria, Bulgaria, Germany, Croatia, Romania and Serbia awarded the short film, dedicated to the need for health and sexuality education, made by her and a small team of three other young adults based on a script entirely constructed by them. The participants in the competition had to present a problem within a few minutes and to propose its solution. Coordinators on the Bulgarian side of the international initiative are colleagues from the Re-Act Association.

 
Roma are Seeking Jobs Abroad to Support their Families and to Have their Children Better Educated

Sofia, September 30, 2021

The official presentation of the results analysis of the research realized among Roma communities on topics, connected with migration took place on September 30, 2021 in Sofia in person and online. The initiative is a part of the project "Raising the awareness of local communities in areas with significant presence of Roma population on asylum and migration issues", funded under the Norwegian Financial Mechanism 2014-2021 through the program of the Ministry of Interior with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) as a predefined partner. The Bulgarian Family Planning and Sexual Health Association (BFPA) together with the National Network of Health Mediators (NNHM) and the Minority Health Problems Foundation (EMHPF) is a part of the NNHM-BFPA-EMHPF Consortium, which in April this year started working on the project.
The field research, implemented with the key role of health mediators, covered nearly 400 people and was conducted in the period May 30 - June 30, 2021 in the towns Breznik, Provadia, Trun and Harmanli and in Filipovtsi neighbourhood of Sofia.

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