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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.

 

Round table and project kick off by MHAT Kubrat and EMHPF

Group photoKubrat, November 13-15 2015

On Nov 13 the Multiprofile Hospital for Active Treatment (MHAT) in Kubrat and the Ethnic Minorities’ Health Problems Foundation (EMHPF) launched with a round table at the MHAT’s hall their project, financed by the NFM and MoH. The event was moderated by Dr. Niogyar Djafer, with the participation of Prof. Ivailo Turnev and Dr. Radosveta Stamenkova from BFPA. The project will be implemented in 7 municipalities of the Razrad region until April 2017 and its focus will be on reproductive health and vulnerable groups. Right after that, on Nov 14 and 15, took place the training of trainers for the teams that will implement the activities in situ. On behalf of BFPA project consultants will be Dr. Radosveta Stamenkova and Ventzislav Kirkov who will support MHPF’s field activities. In order to help with the work, BFPA supplied the team members with printed materials, all highly appreciated by the trainees, especially the SRH educational magnetic board.

 

Regional meeting of Health Mediators

Group photoBlagoevgrad, October 16-17 2015

On October 16 and 17 the Third Regional work meeting of the National Network of Health Mediators Association took place in Blagoevgrad. 26 healthg mediators from the Blagoevgrad, Kyustendil, Dupnitza,Sofia-city, Sofia-region and  Pernik regions participated in the event.
The first day of the meeting was dedicated to sharing of experience, difficulties and achievements among the health mediators from the different populated areas and regions. The mediators themselves pointed out as an example of a successful experience the work as “hospital mediators” in the Samokov and Blagoevgrad hospitals.

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EU funded actions: rules, laws and best practices in the field of fraud prevention

PanelRome, 8-9 Ooctober 2015

"EU funded actions: rules, laws and best practices in the field of fraud prevention” this is the title of the  conference, organized by our partner in three european projects in the field of health prevention - the Italian Associasione ISES, in which BFPA ED DR. Stamenkova took part. Our colleagues Carmine Falanga and Dolores Forgione, with whom we have worked on preventing the prevalence of HIV, Hepatitis B and C and HPV, share their work experience with different European experts from different government instituitions, auditing firms and NGO partners in another field of prevention - fraud, conflict of interests, corruption, embezzlement and many more important topics, related to the work of OLAF - the European Anti-Fraud Office.

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Violence against children is preventable

OAK LogoPanelSofia, September 24-25 2015 

Child maltreatment is a hidden form of violence in the Region: 90% goes undetected / WHO Europe

Regional meeting of partners from East Europe, supported by OAK Foundation on programme preventing violence against children took place in 24 and 25 September 2015 in Sofia. Main accent on the agenda of the forum was the role of health and educational system supporting prevention of violence. Lectures and representatives of NGOs from UK, Switzerland, Latvia, Moldova, Poland, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Bulgaria took participation.
Some of the organizations presented good practices from own experience; the event gave opportunity for sharing ideas, difficulties and possible solutions for more successful work against child abuse.

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Child Rights Capacity Building Training

OAK LogoAssignmentSofia, September 7-9 2015

The second interactive training organized by OAK Foundation for NGO grantees from East Europe took place in 7-9 September in Vitosha Park Hotel, Sofia. BFPA is among the 15 organizations included in the project taking participation in the child rights capacity building initiative. A pilot group of NGOs is being trained in parallel from the region of East Africa. This year the project is enlarging including into the training two new groups of organizations from the same regions.
From 2014 the NGOs from Bulgaria, Latvia, Moldova and Poland are working in a network and uniting their efforts in developing strategies and visions concerning six main principles for working with children.

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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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