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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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My Body, My Rights: Meeting of the Teams from Montana, Sofia and Yambol

Dolna Banya, September 2-4, 2020

Meeting of the teams on the project ‘My Body, My Rights’, supported by the prohgamme for socially responsible business “MSD for Mothers” took place in Dolna Banya on September 2-4, 2020. Special guests during the event were the Executive Director of ‘St. Sofia’ First OB Hospital Dr. Gergana Kolarova and the coordinator of BFPA in Pleven Dr. Krasimir Romanov. The priceless opportunity to have a direct dialog with Dr. Kolarova was highly appreciated by the team in Sofia and gave them the possibility to adjust the field efforts and optimize the collaboration with the hospital in the field of family planning.
Topics of the discussions during the three-day meeting were: what examinations to be done during the pregnancy and what is doing the gynecologist in the different stages; what are the benefits from health insurances; how much does it cost and how to recover health insurance rights; the benefits of visualization for understanding the information. Short educational films, developed to help the work at local level, were presented.
The work during the three days with health mediators and other colleagues working on the field from Montana, Sofia and Yambol included discussing the progress currently made and future activities trill the project end.
In the crisis months from the beginning of the year two tenth graders from Yambol were close to drop out from school due to the death of their parents, but the project team supported them and the boys will finish their secondary education. Two of the girls, trained on the project this year will be studying pedagogy in Veliko Tarnovo University.

 
The Learning action partnership was introduced to Safenet’s Cyber Scout Programme

Sofia, August 24, 2020

“I’m a 15-year old boy, in the ninth grade. Recently I met a girl in the social networks. After chatting a few days in Skype, we turned on cameras, send saucy pictures…. Now it transpires the girl is not a girl at all, I was recorded and being blackmailed, for money, for more pictures, otherwise the recordings will be made widely public. What do I do to get out of this situation?”
Another case:
“I’m in the sixth grade. A classmate who is a Facebook friend of our history teacher downloaded her picture and made her a professional profile in a porn site. What do I do, how do I react?”
The two cases are just a small part of the one-day training on the Cyber Scout programme for internet safety and online security for the members of the Learning action partnership (LAP). We talked about online bullying, online sexual exploitation, about the ways we should react, what rules apply, what is allowed and effective… We review different cases – from a threat from a pedophile regarding the security of a child to an innocent at first exchange between friends which escalates to online harassment that can have serious and long-term consequences for the victim’s life and mentality.

 
Capacity building in the fields of communication and advocacy

Dolna Banya, August 20-22, 2020

For three days – from August 20 to 22, 2020 BFPA’s team and Board together with representatives of key partners of the Association gathered at a outside-the-box work meeting in Dolna Banya. The public relations and civic law spepcialists Diana Damyanova and Ivana Murdjeva shared with the participants important accents of their professional expertise which are significant for better understanding the public environment as well as for communicating our messages.
The goal of the event was to analyze the needs of our target groups and of the environment we work in, bearing in mind the challenges for the NGO sector and the specificities in communicating with different audiences in order to be more successful when working in ”our” niche – health prevention, family planning, sexual and reproductive health. A short historical overview of the legislative environment and key normative documents was made.

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