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Commemorating April 8th – the day for commemorating the Roma who died during the Holocaust

Group photoSofia, April 7-8 2016

On April 7–8 – the day of commemoration of the Roma who died during the Holocaust, the Roma medical students and their mentors gathered for a meeting in Sofia, organized by the Open Society Institute. The meeting started with the launch of the short film “Dreamroads”, showing a snapshot of the RHSP in Bulgaria. The film was shot at the end of August during the advocacy camp of the students in Veliko Turnovo. You can see students, their mentors and some events from the main components of the program – scholarship, mentorship, advocacy and media publicity. BFPA is one of the organizations that supported the making and dissemination of the film - you can see our logo at the end. Under the article there is a link to the film uploaded on You Tube with English subtitles.

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Working Group to Fight Violence Among and Against Children

PanelSofia, 22 March 2016

The Parliamentarian Commission for interaction with NGOs and citizens initiated and held on 22 March 2016 a round table in the Narioanl Assembly on violence and aggression among and against children. The event was organized in cooperation with the National Network for Children, whose member is the Bulgarian Family Planning and Sexual Health Association (BFPA), and gathered members of Parliament, representatives of state institutions and NGOs. The deputy minister of Justice Virginia Micheva and the National ombudsman Maya Manolova also participated in the meeting.

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Web platform LOVEGUIDE launched

Loveguide 2Sofia, March 11 2016
The Loveguide online platform was created based on the idea of Nikoleta Popkostadinova – one of the five finalists of the first Reach for change edition back in 2014. This is the place where young people can receive reliable information on love, sex and intimate relationships.
The small but enthusiastic team of the platform is trying in a most comprehensive clear and positive way to present trustworthy information young people would be interested to know about sex and intimacy.
 

Safer Internet for children

Safe internetSofia, February 9 2016

On Feb 9th the world celebrates for the 13th time the International Safe Internet Day. Starting as an initiative of the European Union, it has now spread far beyond it and in 2015 was celebrated in 110 countries on all continents.
On the Safe Internet Day the Bulgarian Center initiated 3 campaigns aimed towards children, teenagers and parents:
#oblechisebe (#putclotheson): Campaign, elaborated together with a group of adolescents and targeting sexualized behavior in Internet and the resulting models of online gender-based violence. The campaign is implemented with the financial support of the Norwegian Financial Mechanism
Program Cyberscout 2016: For a second consecutive year there will be educational sessions for cyberscouts in 6 more regions which will be competing for the best and most interesting activity.
Parent education program: A handbook for parents is elaborated and trainings for parents will be implemented to acquaint them with the risks children face online and the ways of dealing with them.

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European Cervical cancer prevention week 2016

Pearl of wisdomSofia, January 24-30 2016

This year as well BFPA joins the European Cervical cancer prevention week (CCPW) from January 24 to 30th.
The campaign aims to inform women that with a timely screening up to 80% of the cases of cervical cancer can be prevented. 60 000 women develop cervical cancer every year in Europe, half of them die from the disease. In Bulgaria the mortality rate is one woman per day. Since in Bulgaria there is a national screening program and a free vaccination for 12-year old girls, the focus of the European Cervical cancer prevention week is to disseminate information to the widest possible female audience and stress the importance of prophylactic check-ups. The symbol of the campaign is the Pearl of wisdom brooch – the wisdom to take timely measures against such a dangerous disease. The responsibility to one’s health should be throughout the year, during this week it’s just a reminder – the PAP smear can save lives.


 

BFPA support for the volunteers from the ARETE youth foundation

ProjectDecember 1 2015

For December 1st – the World AIDS day -, volunteers from the “Arete” youth foundation made a tour around the populated areas of Drenovetz, Nikola Kozlevo, Svishtov, Lom, Vulchedrum and Kyustendil. At some of the schools there they gave presentations and posters, elaborated by them and handed out informational materials.
A group of young people was giving away symbolical ribbons, also brochures and condoms at the centre of Svishtov and around the university campus.
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Test, treat, prevent

ETW logoSofia, November 22-27 2015

For a third year the Bulgarian Family Planning and Sexual Health Association (BFPA) was one of the first organizations to join the European HIV testing week, and this year the focus besides on HIV was also on Hepatitis B and C. 417 international institutions working in the field of prevention of HIV prevalence participated in the Testing week, among which 7 from Bulgaria. At BFPA's VCT centre and in outreach locations 34 people were tested and a total of 33 HIV tests, 13 Hepatitis B tests and 6 Hepatitis C tests were conducted. Besides being from different age groups (from 19 to 52 yrs), the tested were representatives of different social groups as well. The focus of the European Testing week is not only on testing but also on prevention, and for that the initiative has the support of 30 international organizations - world and pan-european.

 


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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.

 
Second training of the peer educators from Sofia Academy for health education

Petrohan, April 12-14, 2019

In the three days between April 12 and 14 took place the second module of the preparation of peer educators from the Health and Sexuality Education Youth Academy, realized with the support of the PIST directorate of Sofia Municipality. The focus of the second stage of education was upon elaboration of communication skills, teambuilding and team work, acquiring of knowledge about the prevention of trafficking of human beings, knowledge of hygiene as a starting point to peer education, adopting healthy eating habits and preventing eating disorders, work with vulnerable groups. In addition to health knowledge, the future peer educators acquired also social and personal ones – how to define one’s personal space – useful when working with young people with disabilities, and how to plan their own free time.

 
The health mediators from Montana, Zaichar and Pirot share their experience

Zaechar – Pirot, March 20-21, 2019 

On March 20th and 21st 2019 the health mediators from Montana participated in working meetings with their colleagues in Zaichar and Pirot. The meetings are organized by BFPA and  take place within the final phase of the ZOV (HEA) programme (Health and Education for All), supported by the Bulgarian – Swiss Cooperation Programme. Besides the members of the National Network of Health Mediators (NNHM) from Montana, in the study trip were included health specialists working with vulnerable communities in the field, representatives of the Regional Health Inspectorate and of the local municipality. Their colleagues were expecting them in Serbia: representatives of local authorities, local NGOs in Zaichar and Pirot, health specialists, volunteers from the vulnerable local communities.
The key topics on which Bulgarian and Serbian colleagues worked together were exchange of ideas, presenting good practices related to improving the access to health services, education and social services for marginalized groups. The health mediators from Montana were selected to share their experience due to the good results they achieved in their work on the ZOV Programme.

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