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BFPA, NNHM and NNC insist on institutionalizing the health mediator work model in improving the quality of care for vulnerable groups

Work with vulnerable youthSofia, August 2, 2017

 On august 2nd 2017 Prof. Ivailo Turnev from the National Network of Health Mediators, Dr. Radosveta Stamenkova from the Bulgarian Family Planning and Sexual Health Association and Dani Koleva and Mila Tashkova from the Secretariat of the National Network of Children had a working meeting with the Deputy Health Minister Svetlana Yordanova during which they discussed the health mediator work model and the necessity of including their work into the Health Law as well as the need for elaborating and implementing quality standard guidelines or regulations and the funding of the mediators’program
 Deputy – Minister Yordanova stated on behalf of the MoH an intention for mutual cooperation and work on the subject and the representatives of the civil society have taken it upon themselves to send written specific suggestions on how the existing legal framework can be improved in view of ensuring quality of services and sustainability of the work of the health mediators in Bulgaria and improved access to healthcare and services for vulnerable children, parents and communities.

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World’s Population Day: Let’s Give a Chance to More Women and Girls to Plan Their Future

Campaign logoFocus groupLondon, July 11, 2017

Young people from five cities in Bulgaria were included in the global campaign for equal access of all girls and women to health care, contraception and services, connected with family planning. The Bulgarian Family Planning and Sexual Health Association (BFPA) is supporting the efforts of the global initiative #IDecide #АЗрешавам, organizing and implementing focus groups with young people from different schools in the country. The aim of each group was to formulate three main key messages to be printed as ‘fortune slips’ and to disseminate them in cafes chosen by the young people. In the frame of the calendar year Sofia, Plovdiv, Stara Zagora, Pleven and Ruse – places where BFPA has its branches – will inform citizens or guests in this untraditional way about the importance of the goals the campaign has.

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BFPA participated in the Annual Meeting of NNC

Group photoPlovdiv, June 22-25, 2017

Representatives from the Bulgarian Family Planning and Sexual Health Association (BFPA) took part in the Annual Meeting of the National Network for Children (NNC), which took place near Plovdiv 22 – 25 June 2017. An accent of the event was the General Assembly, during which new members of Board and Control Panel were chosen. Georgi Apostolov from Applied Research and Communication Foundation was chosen to be chairman of the Board to succeed the former one – Vessela Banova from Child and Space foundation. Around 200 people participated in the various working meetings of the Regional Councils, working groups by topics and exhibitions of organizations. All the participants contributed in a brainstorming using the method World’s café looking for future possibilities and activities for a successful functioning of the House of Children which is to be built in Sofia.

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NNC presented Report Card 2017

Prof. TurnevSofia, May 18 2017

‘The percentage of births with malformations among women without health insurance is much higher’, shared prof. Ivaylo Turnev from National Network of Health Mediators, who presented the ‘Healthcare’ section from this year’s issue of ‘Report Card: What is the average government score in childcare?’of National Network for Children (NNC). As a whole the sections ‘Healthcare (3.64) and ‘Education’(3.44) have made some progress compared to the previous years. Building of comprehensive services children hospital and enlarging the scope of screening research programmes for newborn are among the priorities still to be implemented.
Besides Sofia, the Report Card was promoted at 18 May 2017 in Varna, Silistra, Ruse, Vratza, Kjustendil, Plovdiv, Kardjali and Burgas. The Ombudsman Maya Manolova participated at the event in Sofia and supported in her speech the efforts of NGOs working for the benefit of children in Bulgaria.

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Roma medical students and their mentors received well deserved recognition

MentorsSofia, April 7 2017

On April 7th, World Health Day, and on the eve of April 8th – International Day for remembering Roma Holocaust victims, the health minister organized an official meeting at the Council of Ministers’ Granite hall in which participated Roma medical students, young graduated doctors and their mentors, health mediators who study in different universities as well as organizations who support various educational initiatives. The distinguished achievers received honorary diplomas and had the chance to share their thoughts and emotions.

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New members to the health mediators’ family

GraduatesSofia, March 20 – April 2 2017

On April 2 the health mediators - class of 2017, received their certificates at the “Tzaritza Ioanna” hospital. The new 38 mediators, literally from all over the country, will join the big family of health mediators in Bulgaria. With them the number of working mediators will be 215 in 113 municipalities, and major part of them are municipality civil servants. The rest are employed with the same job description as their municipality colleagues, but as part of different projects such as “Together for better health” of the National Network of Health Mediators (NNHM), funded by Glaxo Smithkline, the Health and Education for Everyone (HEE) Programme by the Swiss Government, the program in Sliven of Medicins du Monde.

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Interest on the ‘Mission Possible’ project of BFPA and NNHM

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BFPA team Sofia, March 17 2017

On March 17th 2017 the Ministry of Health organized a conference giving space to municipalities, organizations and hospitals working on BG07 Programme ‘Initiative for Public Health’, financed by Norway Financial Mechanism to share experiences on project work. Results from activities and challenges during the realization of the project ‘Mission Possible’, implemented in partnership with the National Network of Health Mediators (NNHM), were presented by a team of the Bulgarian Family Planning and Sexual Health Association (BFPA).

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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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