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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!

 

Petition “Health education - in the school curriculum!”

Forum Klyuch/KeySofia,  December 19 2014

Dear colleagues, partners and  friends,
The link 
http://www.peticiq.com/102956  leads to a petition for introducing health education as an integral part of the school curriculum. Health, in the context of the complete physical, mental and social welfare of a person, and not just lack of a disease or a disability, is a responsibility not only of the family, but of society, part of which is the school. The school is responsible not only for safeguarding the health of children and young people, but also for establishing a system of knowledge, abilities and a positive attitude towards a healthy lifestyle within each student. The petition forеsees adding a new socio-cultural discipline in order to address the personal, social, ecological and civil development and healthy lifestyle of the students and comprises health, civil and social education. Education itself is interconnected with health and both together have a direct influence on an individual's social status. By getting information and skills in the area of health education young people are given an equal chance to achieve more in their future development.
This is not a BFPA petition, but as an organization that is FOR health education for young people we support it!  Please read the full text and support the petition with your name and signature, as we did. Follow the link and type your name and e-mail address - there is an option for your name to remain private. Then confirm from your e-mail by following the link that will be sent to you. Once again:
http://www.peticiq.com/102956

 

The Roma Matrix Project of the National Network of Health Mediators (NNHM) collectively received a "Person of the Year 2014" award

AwardSofia,  December 10 2014

The awards were handed out on December 10th - the International Human Rights Day, during an official ceremony at the Institut Francais in Sofia. The volunteers and donours who worked during the floods were given the grand award "Person of the Year" 2014 at the Bulgarian Helsinki Committee's annual awards ceremony for contributing to human rights protection. This award is also for the health mediators who went as volunteers to help cope with the consequences of the floods in Asparuhovo, Dobrich and Miziya. The Roma Matrix Project as a whole received the award for overall achievements in ensuring equal access to education and healthcare for the Roma as well as fighting the formed stereotype about them in the society. A part of the project is the campaign "We are not an exception", the focus of which is on Roma medical students and health mediators. "Integrated Roma are invisible" said Dimitrinka Borisova, former health mediator and a 4th year nursing student that will graduate this year. "Open your senses!" is the message of Tzveta Petkova, coordinator and the moving force behind the project for Bulgaria and also a member of the Board of NNHM. We are very proud and happy with the award for the Mediators' Network - it is a recognition for the work of our whole team!

 

Annual meeting of the National Network of Health Mediators

DiplomasGroup photoSofia, October 17-18  2014

An event that BFPA supports and active part in which its representatives Dr. Radosveta Stamenkova and Ventzislav Kirkov are taking annually. It's a time when every year health mediators from all over the country, Roma medical students, supporters, trainers, institution reprsentatives and international organization representatives are gathered in one place. A very important moment - for organizational questions, sharinfg what is going well and where things are not moving so well, to thank the ones that excel - with excellent grades as students, as volunteers after the floods in Varna, Dobrich and Miziya. Unfortunately, BFPA with the support of NNHM is the only institution in the country which supplies with contraceptives - mostly IUDs - poor people and people without health insurance. The biggest joya and surprise was the significantly increased number of Roma health mediators that have applied and are already students in different fields - from social studies to engineering... One of the most rewarding things in life is to see the point of your work and to receive proof that despite the difficulties and institutional red tape and obstacles, what you are trying to achieve is possible and good!

 

To Defeat Intolerance and Inequality We Must Have Open Minds and Open Hearts

Collage - Emi and Ani pres mid bottomSofia, October 16, 2014

Every year since 2007 on Blog Action Day, thousands of bloggers come together to talk about one important issue, like poverty, climate change and human rights amongst others. This year the event is held on 16 October and the theme is inequality. HMA Jonathan Allen joins the initiative and blogs why to defeat intolerance and inequality, we must have open minds and open hearts. H.E. Jonathna Allen is not only Great Britain's Ambassador to Bulgaria, but also a blogger, our - BFPA's - partner and a supporter of important social causes! In the picture you can see a moment from the premiere of the short film "Emi and Ani" at the British Ambassador's Residence in Sofia in March 2014.

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Faith communities commit to championing sexual and reproductive health

DelegatesNew York, September 22  2014

The vital role of faith-based organizations in putting sexual and reproductive health firmly on the post-2015 development agenda was explored during a high-level side event at the United Nations General Assembly in New York.
Described as a “call to action”, the meeting, held on 18 and 19 September, brought together members of a broad range of faith communities from around the world, who were joined by representatives of the United Nations Population Fund, the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation and UNAIDS.

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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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