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Tenth National meeting of the NNHM

NNHM teamSofia, December 7-8 2016

On Dec 7 and 8 in Sofia the Tenth National meeting of the National Network of Health Mediators (NNHM) took place. More than 150 people gathered and discussed successes, difficulties and development perspectives of the Network. A strategic plan of the organization for 2016-2020 was adopted. BFPA and NNHM are key partners in field work projects like “Mission possible” as well as in improving the access of vulnerable groups to health services and modern contraception.
The next day NNHM representatives and also Dr Rada Stamenkova and Venci Kirkov from the BFPA team attended a Health Commission Round table at the Parliament.

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Reverse your vision!

Photo vs originalPleven, December 2, 2016

On December 2 2016 the graduates from the Medical University (MU) in Pleven received their diplomas at a special ceremony. Part of the events in connection with the ceremony were the premiere of the short film “Reverse your vision” and presenting photos from the exhibition under the same name. The event was attended by the Mayor of Pleven Georg Spartanski, who delivered an emotional welcoming speech, representatives of the media, mentors and other university professors, students. The reason for holding the event was the successful graduation of six young Roma medical doctors. 
The bottom line: This year six young medical doctors form the Roma community graduated at the MU-Pleven, as one of them is third in her class and is already specializing in a leading cardiology clinic in Sofia. One young Roma doctor graduated in Varna, another one – in Sofia. Next year and the one after that a new cohort of young Roma doctors will be graduating in Sofia.

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Fourth European testing week for HIV and Hepatitis

ETW LogoSofia, November 18-25 2016

For a fourth time the Bulgarian Family Planning and Sexual Health Association (BFPA) is one of the leading Bulgarian participants in the European testing week from Nov 18th to the 25th.  For a second time the week includes not only HIV but also Hepatitis testing.  The testing week is taking place in over 50 countries all across Europe, including Bulgaria. Besides BFPA, 10 other Bulgarian organizations have signed up for implementing the activities of the testing week.
The aim of the campaign is not only to help people learn their HIV and Hepatitis B and C status, but also to  inform people to the benefits of regular testing and promote testing itself.

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Global Symposium Reveals New Possibility For Positive Change Through Social Connectedness

Group photoMontreal, October 25-27 2016

Over a hundred leading thinkers, activists and community leaders among which Tim Shriver, chair of Special Olympics and NBA super star Dikembe Mutongo gathered from over 23 countries at McGill University on October 25-27, 2016 to further develop a shared perspective on the importance of social connectedness in community-driven change and development. 
From remote regions of Nunavut, to the Masaai homelands, to urban centers across North America and Europe, participants came together in a remarkable opportunity to build understanding and build community.  Through a dynamic facilitated process, every participant joined as both teacher and learner and had the opportunity to share insights, experience and strategies. Bulgaria and Central and Eastern Europe was represented by BFPA Executive Director, Dr. Radosveta Stamenkova.

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LoveGuide’s debut in YouTube

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Sofia, October 2016

The platform LoveGuide , the launch of which was noted by us here, had its tebut  in YouTube with e teaser and later with mini-monologue about  …. The First time. The creative team has the ambition every week to upload one short video – there are some elaborated on topics as wet dreams, orgasm, attraction – we expect recordings on everything we don’t know yet or are too ashamed to ask about. Information is comprehensive, youth friendly, concise and clear but not at all dry, boring or instructive. The topics include puberty, growing up, sexuality, love, STI’s, unwanted pregnancy prevention, prevention of violence – topics, on which every young person should be informed. And this way LoveGuide can reach a wider audience with useful information. Watch and share yourselves!

Link to LoveGuide's YouTube channel

 

Light a match

Campaign posterSofia, October 1-9 2016

To mark October 1 – European Day of Foundations and Donors– members and partners of the Bulgarian Donor’s Forum share within their campaign “Enlighten about the good causes” stories of philanthropy, about campaigns and the change they achieve with the aid of donors and supporters. Dr. Radosveta Stamenkova, BFPA’s Executive Director, tells shortly about what the Association does and expresses gratitude to the OAK Foundation for its help in standing for our common causes  - prevention of violence, sexual abuse and exploitation towards young people in institutions. Thanks go personally to Tanya Kovacheva “because she is extraordinary”.

A videoclip of Dr. Stamenkova on behalf of BFPA  

 

Health and sexuality education for young people against early marriages, gender stereotypes and abuse

ParticipantsSofia, October 1-2 2016

On October 1st and 2nd young representatives of 7 NGOs from all over Bulgaria participated in a seminar organized by the Bulgarian Fund for Women (BFW) with the support of TELUS and BFPA's Executive Director Dr. Radosveta Stamenkova as a trainer. The main topics that were presented and discussed during the two days were: sexual and reproductive health and rights, health and sexuality education, contraception, gender, prevention of trafficking of human beings, prevention of early school dropouts and early marriages. This is also the beginning of a collaboration between BFW and BFPA in a campaign of the Fund, the seven participating NGOs and their Youth Equality Clubs. The campaign is about prevention of early marriages and early school dropouts and is yet to gain popularity.

 


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Zero Tolerance towards Sexual Exploitation of Children

Sofia, November 13, 2019

Another meeting of the Learning Action Partnership (LAP) took place on November 13, 2019 in Sofia. This is, at the same time, the first LAP meting under the project “The Ability to Change”, that builds upon a previous project “The art to inform”. The members of the group discussed opportunities to unite efforts of different organizations and institutions for advocating in area of working on prevention and on cases, connected with sexual exploitation of children. One of the main goals of LAP during the next years is to have significant contribution towards zero tolerance in the society concerning sexual exploitation of children. Numerous initiatives are to come, such as capacity building trainings as well as development and implementation of pilot small projects and field initiatives.
The work of the Partnership is supported by the OAK Foundation.

 
First coordination meeting for the “I want to know” project

 

 

 

Sofia, November 8-9, 2019

On November 8 in Sofia coordinators and service providers  from  BFPA branches in the country  gathered for an initial training about the activities of the two-year “I want to Know” project, financed by Viiv Heakthcare. The discussions included the project activities, the time schedule, target groups and access to them, specificities of working with marginalized groups, identifying the locations for each voluntary counseling and testing (VCT) action. Each coordinator made a prediction of the project activities they could do until the end of 2019 and all received the necessary informational printed materials. Individual risk assessment of the vulnerable communities and optimizing the work of BFPA  in-country were the main discussion topic during the second day of the meeting.

 
Bulgaria and North Macedonia together to support and develop the Health Mediators program

Blagoevgrad, October 7-9, 2019

Study visit of health mediators, NGO representatives and state institutions from the Republic of North Macedonia took place in October 7-9 in Blagoevgrad. The Bulgarian Family Planning and Sexual Health Association (BFPA) with the support of the National Network of Health Mediators (NNHM) hosted the three days visit and gave an opportunity for the representatives of HERA – Health Education and Research Association, health mediators from Skopje and Prilep and the Ministry of Health of our neighbor country to understand in details how in years was institutionalized and functions the system of health mediation in Bulgaria. Field visit to the Roma neighborhood Predel Mahala was included in the programme and the guests could see how the work of health mediators Antoaneta Eftimova and Katya Kirilova is going on everyday basis – with institutions, as well with people who need and receive their support.

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