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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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Break the Silence: Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Violence of Children Could Happen Everywhere

Sofia, November 18, 2020

Break the Silence: November 18 is the European Day on protection of children against sexual exploitation and sexual violence.
The first thing that comes to mind when we hear ‘sexual exploitation’ is usually connected with red lanterns, streets or roads with women (and men) sex workers, trafficking of human beings. Sexual exploitation of children could have also other faces – sex services in exchange of expensive things such as smart phone or modern accessory or at the cost of a lunch, sweets or instead of rent for parents’ accommodation. It can happen via internet and to affect minors before they become teenagers. That’s why it is needed to break the silence and to ask for zero tolerance concerning this ugly phenomenon. Statistics show that one of five children becomes victim of violence, including sexual. As parents we can prevent this: we can teach them for instance on the Rule of the Bathing Suit. It says that no one has the right to touch their body, especially where the body is covered by a swimming bathing suit. Medical examinations and manipulations as well don’t have to be allowed without their informed consent. The rule helps children to understand that their bodies are their own, that there is good and bad touching, as well es personal borders and social ethnic norms.

 
Six Small Projects in the Frame of LAP Supported

Sofia, October 2020

The second competition for small projects for organizations of Learning Action Partnership (LAP) took place in June and July 2020. In the defined for collecting proposals deadline five proposals were presented, among which with the help of a special selected committee, as well of organizations members of LAP, for supporting were approved three:
Project ‘ACT>Re-Act>ImpACT! – innovative approach for advocacy of HGO concerning sexual exploitation of children’ of Re-Act Association has the ambition to develop innovative business oriented approach for effective advocacy of NGO with the help of professionals in marketing sphere.
Project ‘Can You See Me? – the hidden vulnerability of children from sexual exploitation and violence’ of ‘Parents’ Association will contribute for improving and effective applying of ‘Mechanism for reaction against harassment and violence in the institutions in the system of preschool and school education’ as exploring the gaps concerning prevention and its effective applying in cases of risk and/or cases of sexual exploitation and violence against children, including online.
Project ‘Individual Protection – advocating for changes in the legislation for individual assessment of children victims of sexual exploitation’ of Social Activities and Practices Institute (SAPI) is aiming to improve the policy and the law on individual assessment of children, victims of crimes, incl. sexual exploitation within the meaning of a directive 29/2012/ЕС.

 
Two round tables at the second year end of the project “My body, my rights”

Yambol, September 24, 2020
Montana, September 28, 2020

At the end of the second year of BFPA’s project “My body, my rights”, supported by the initiative for socially responsible business “MSD for mothers”, the association organized round tables on the need and benefits of family planning with a focus on vulnerable communities in two of the project locations. During the meetings a recap of the activities up to now was made and future ones were discussed for the third year. Both events were attended by  municipal representatives, Regional health inspectorate, Regional health insurance fund, health mediators, health specialists, representatives of local NGOs, Community support centers, social workers and most importantly – members of the target communities in which activities are implemented.
A special accent was BFPA’s new short animated products - “Family planning” and “Pregnancy with a smile”. The discussion was on the activities until now and their effect on improving the level of information in the target groups, the need for such activities in general, the best working communication channels in the Roma community, the role of the self help groups and the health mediators, the difficulties caused by COVID-19 and other problems, i.e. the duplication and decentralization of social activities from different institutions. A recapitulation of what has been done until now in Montana was made by Dr. Radosveta Stamenkova, Executive Director of BFPA and Petar Tzvetanov, local Project Coordinator, and for Yambol – Tzveta Petkova, member of NNHM’s Board and Kina Asenova, local Project Coordinator.

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