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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.

 

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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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.

 
Romeo and Juliet from Kosharnik district

Montana, September 12, 2019

The Shakespeare and Servantes tour around the Roma neighborhoods of Bulgaria went to the Kosharnik district of Montana. Talented and enthusiastic local children, selected by the Roma actress Natalia Tzekova presented fragments of the drama “Romeo and Juliet” from a newer angle and with adequate health messages. The aim of the social theatre is with the means of art to inform the public in a comprehensible manner about the harm of early marriages and early school drop outs, the benefits of contraception, the importance of prevention of sexually transmitted infections. The messages target young people as well as their parents, some of which joined the scenes to demonstrate their support for what their children are saying. With his monologue about the Roma Don Quixote Valeri Lekov, also part of the production team, explained some of the community specificities. Between the sketches there were “real life” scenes – a woman from the community visits a doctor who explains the benefits of contraception and debunks some “fake news” about contraceptive methods – all this with a lot of humour and highly appreciated by the audience.

 
BFPA kicks off a new two-year project “I Want to Know”

Sofia, August 23, 2019

With an official green light on August 23, as of Sep 1st BFPA starts activities on a new project – “I WANT TO KNOW – User friendly access to HIV and STI counseling and testing for Roma youth from vulnerable communities”, supported by ViiV Healthcare’s Positive Action Programme via CAF (Charities Aid Foundation) UK. The project’s duration is 2 years, during which BFPA will provide voluntary counseling and testing (VCT) with a focus on young Roma men (but not excluding women as well) from poor and marginalized districts through its coordinators in the five BFPA branches in Bulgaria - Pleven, Stara Zagora, Plovdiv, Russe and Sofia. Activities will begin with a kick-off meeting and VCT training for the service providers, in parallel with informing and awareness raising by elaboration of info materials, disseminated in the targeted communities by one of the closest and dearest BFPA partners – Health Mediators.

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