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Training of Macedonian health mediators on strategic planning and organizational development

Group photoSkopje, September 11-12, 2014

HERA - the Macedonian member of the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF), a member of which is BFPA, organized a two-day advanced training of the Macedonian health mediators. The event took place on September 11-12 in Skopje. On an invitation from HERA, Dr. Radosveta Stamenkova, executive director of the BFPA, and Petar Tzvetanov, chairman of the National Network of Health Mediators in Bulgaria (NNHM), took part in the seminar as trainers of the Macedonian health mediators. The goal of the training was for the Macedonian mediators to gain experience from their Bulgarian colleagues in preparation to set up an efficiently functioning organization.
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NNC meeting on youth participation

Group photoSamokov, 28-29 July 2014

On behalf of BFPA Dr. Radosveta Stamenkova, executive director, and Ralitza Zgalevska, KEEP ME SAFE Project coordinator, took part in a presentation of a good practice of the active young people from the Youth Parliament – Samokov for the National Network for Children (NNC) Project “Megaphone: Children and youth participation for a better citizenship”.
What infact is children and youth participation, how is it regulated, whether, where and how successfully is it implemented; how to attract the local community in implementing ideas elaborated by the young people for the benefit of the city; how to resolve a specific problem; why do we “go with the flow” and hold parent-teacher meetings without the children present; how to include intergenerational education…
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Volunteers - health mediators from NNHM helping in Varna

Field workVarna, June-July 2014

Volunteers - health mediators from 8 municipalities left for Varna on June 23rd (Monday) to help their colleagues cope with the aftermath of the disaster. The initiative for this mission comes from the National Network of Health Mediators (NNHM) and the coordiantor of the volunteer team is Velcho Mihalev, a health mediator in the Aitos municipality. The first volunteers to leave for Varna are Gergana Demireva (Karnobat), Asen Asenov (Shumen), Milyo Dobrev (Straldja), Valentin Chakurov (Tervel), Russi Bojidarov (Nova Zagora), Sasho Yordanov and Natasha Todorova (Sliven).
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Workshop for Health mediators and coordinators of mediation programs from seven European countries took place in Sofia

Group photo 1Sofia, June 9-11 2014 

In June 2014 the National Network of Health Mediators (NNHM) in partnership with International Organisation for Migration (IOM) organized three-days workshop in Sofia for mediators and coordinators of mediation programs from seven EU countries - Belgium, France, Spain, Italy, Romania and Slovakia. The workshop is part of the Pilot Regional Initiative “Health Mediation among Roma Community” within the project “EQUI HEALTH - Fostering Health Provision for Migrants, the Roma and Other Vulnerable Groups”. Dr. Radosveta Stamenkova (Executive Director of Bulgarian Family Planning Association) presented interventions among vulnerable communities targeting trafficking of human beings prevention, school drop-outs and family planning, which are implementedamong Roma community with the assistance of the Health mediators.
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Representatives of BFPA and other NGOs at the MAN2014 European conference in Belgrade

RecreationBelgrade, April 9-11 2014

The Bulgarian Family Planning and Sexual Health Association (BFPA) was the Bulgarian partner of the MAN2014 European conference held in Belgrade from the 9th to the 11th April 2014. The Bulgarian representatives shared their experience with members of delegations from 13 European countries. The main focus of the discussions was in the field of gender equality, and aggression and violence prevention, but this time from a male point of view. NGOs, international organizations and governmental structures shared their different methods of work and good practices. It was a pleasure to share our Bulgarian experience. During the discussion special attention was given on the relevance of media and social networks – according to the latest data 16 minutes out of every hour on the internet are spent in Facebook, which shifts the communication models and the approach to news dissemination among not only young people, but all the generations.

 

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Report Card 2014: What is the average Government score for childcare?

 Sofia, May 27 2014

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Presenting the short animation “Emi and Ani” at the “Early childbirth and protection of children’s rights and interests” meeting, organized by the SCPA

BFPA printed and video materialsBurgas, April 1 2014

On April 1st at the at the Burgas governor’s hall took place a discussion themed “Early childbirth and protection of children’s rights and interests”, organized by the chairman of the State Child Protection Agency (CSPA) Eva Jecheva. Among the participants were the UNICEF representative for Bulgaria Tanya Radocaj, the governor of Burgas, the deputy–mayors of Burgas, Sliven and Varna, representatives of different RHIs, parliamentarians, NGOs, health mediators, hospital directors from Burgas, Varna and Sliven. BFPA was represented by Dr. Radosveta Stamenkova and Ventzislav Kirkov. BFPA’s printed materials as well as the short film “Emi and Ani” attracted a lot of interest. As usual, we shared everything we had in our hearts and on our minds. We are hoping for support, so that no girls drop out of school or have to get married at the age of 14!
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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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